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Eskom gets new hydro plant fully linked to grid

Posted on Monday, 20th Jun 2016

Eskom, which has in the past been forced to impose power cuts to prevent demand surging past capacity, is scrambling to repair its ageing power plants and grid.

The utility, which provides power for Africa's most developed economy, is also adding new plants. Unit one of the hydro-powered Ingula plant, which is in the northeast Kwazulu Natal province, added an additional 333 MW to the grid, Eskom said in a statement.

Construction of the R25-billion ($1.7-billion) plant began in 2006 and all four units are expected to be fully operational in 2017, with capacity to produce 1 332 MW. Eskom said on June 13 that it had linked up unit four, adding 333 MW to the grid.

The remaining units are on track for commercial operation in 2017, Eskom said. Other Eskom projects include the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants in the northern Limpopo and eastern Mpumalanga provinces respectively, which will have a combined capacity of about 9 500 MW. 

EDITED BY: REUTERS

 

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