Monday would mark 100 days until the Medupi power station’s unit six is powered up, Eskom said.
“It’s incredibly exciting, and at the same time, remains a daunting challenge as projects of this scale and complexity navigate potential technical, operational, contractual and staffing risks daily,” interim CEO Collin Matjila said in a statement at the weekend.
The Medupi coal power station, the first power station to be built by Eskom in 20 years, is being built near Lephalale in Limpopo.
Unit six of the new power station, which has faced numerous delays in its construction, is expected to be synchronised at midday on 24 December.
Synchronisation, or first power, involves the generator being electrically connected to the power grid, so that its power is aligned with all the other generators and to generate and deliver electricity into the grid.
It would take several months for the unit to reach full and stable power. — Sapa