Friday, 20 March 2009 11:12

Kusile power station under way

Eskom recently turned the first soil for the second coal-fired power station to be built and completed by 2017.

The new power plant, Kusile Power Station, is situated close to the existing Kendal Power Station in the Witbank area of the Mpumalanga Province, and will consist of six units that will generate approximately 4 800 MW. The first generating unit is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion of an additional unit after every eight months.

“Two years ago, Eskom revised its electricity growth projection from 2,3% to 4% per annum. The upward revision of the electricity demand growth to 4% was required to align to government’s target of a 6% GDP growth between 2010 and 2014. Kusile Power Station had to be brought forward as a result of the revised plan. I’m pleased to confirm that the construction of this new power station is on schedule”, commented Jacob Maroga, Eskom’s Chief Executive.