Power supply was relatively stable, meaning that there would be no load shedding for the time being, South Africa’s monopoly power utility Eskom said on Monday.power
“Currently it is our aspiration not to have load shedding for Monday and the rest of the week,” Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Eskom has implemented rolling blackouts since November last year when a number of its power stations broke down.
Also on Monday, Eskom announced that first power was produced out of Medupi’s Unit 6 at 11:03 a.m. local time, making it the first of Medupi power station’s six units to be synchronized.
Synchronization, or first power, is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid, in such a way that its power is perfectly aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the national power grid.
The Medupi Power Station in Mpumalanga Province was among the power stations that collapsed in November.
The synchronization of Medupi’s Unit 6 “is the final stage marking an exciting milestone towards full commercial power,” said Eskom Chief Executive Tshediso Matona.
“Today, we celebrate the achievement with Team Medupi. The electricity flowing into the grid marks a new beginning. Within the next three months, South Africa will see Medupi unit 6’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the South African national grid. ”
He called it an “important milestone for South Africa.”
In anticipation of commercial operation, a power station manager has been appointed. The past six years has been spent training and developing a core set of people who will operate the cutting edge technology that makes this power station unique in the world, Matona said.
“Approximately 350 men and women are waiting to join the force of South Africans making history when the unit gets operational,” he said.
While Unit 6 is the first of Medupi’s six units, it should be noted that all required auxiliary services for the entire power station are ready to ensure that Medupi’s total output of 4,764 MW is fully synchronized to the South African power grid, Matona added.
Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown said: “The synchronization of Unit 6 at Medupi Power station is a step towards full power generation (794MW). Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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