Eskom reserves boosted as Medupi and Kusile units plug in
Five additional generating units at the power stations add to Eskom’s reserve margin of about 20%
Half of Medupi power station is operational and a third of Kusile station is adding electricity to Eskom’s total generating capacity, the utility says. The five additional generating units at the power stations add to Eskom’s reserve margin of about 20%. The two power stations will deliver a combined 9,600MW of power when completed in 2022. The two coal-fired power stations would cost an estimated R310bn when complete, Eskom said. "Unit 1 of Kusile is now operating at full capacity, and we aim to bring it to commercial production soon," Prish Govender, acting executive responsible for new capital infrastructure at Eskom, said on Thursday. "Unit 2 of Kusile has also been synchronised into the grid and will reach full production within the next few months," Govender said. The station near Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, is the latest in Eskom’s capital investment drive. It would cost about R165bn, Govender said. At the Medupi facility under construction outside Lephalale, Limpopo, two units h...