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Eskom releases Medupi, consumer electricity updates

Eskom releases Medupi, consumer electricity updates

Nov 18, 2014

In a press release issued on 18 November 2014, South African utility giant Eskom said that “steady progress” was being made on the construction of the Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, with a number of milestones being reached on the station’s Unit 6.

According to the statement, the burner commissioning programme has virtually been completed and plans are to put the first mill in service this week. What follows thereafter is the commencement of the blow-through process.

Eskom said the unit has been generating steam of quite some quantity while the commissioning of the burners is in progress, adding that the Medupi team remains focused on the final activities of completing blow-through, steam pipework restoration, ACC steam cleaning, protection tests, steam to set and synchronisation.

The team is said to be working around the clock to deliver Unit 6: “The deadline remains clear in everyone’s mind for the end of this year and the whole team is giving 100% of themselves to this most valiant cause,” the statement read.

On Monday, 10 November 2014, the Ash overland conveyor 01 was successfully commissioned and operated from the DCS for the first time.

While many South Africans continue to hope that Medupi puts an end to power problems experienced over the past few years, Eskom also released a statement on 17 November regarding load shedding. The company says it has not had to shed since 2 November, and that customers experiencing any localised power outages should report this to their service provider.

The statement calls on all South Africans to “pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly by ‘Living Lightly’ this summer. Less is more this summer and homeowners and businesses can do so with just four steps: first, switching off geysers and pool pumps; second, switching off non-essential lights; third, efficient use of air- conditioners by keeping the room temperature at 23°C; and finally, responding to the alerts on TV each evening”.

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