Eskom announced on Tuesday it is pleased Unit 4 at its Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, has reached Commercial Operation status.
“Unit 4 was officially declared commercial after the completion of control, performance and the 30 day reliability run, putting all performance guarantees to effect. It reached its full power on June 19, 2017.The significant achievement came after the twenty days since its successful synchronisation on May 31, 2017,” the Power Utility said in a statement.
Eskom said five months later, after further tests were conducted the unit is now declared to be in full operation.
“This milestone was achieved ahead of the scheduled timeline of July 2018,” said Eskom.
With an output of 794 megawatts going to the national grid, Unit 4 joins its sister units, Unit 6 and 5, which have been contributing to the balancing of electricity supply and demand since August 23, 2015 and April 3, 2017 respectively.
The electricity giant said this remarkable progress came after intensive continuous testing activities and shared dedication from Eskom and its execution partners.
“We are proud of this achievement. This accomplishment is a reflection of hard work and team effort. Eskom applauds the Medupi team, under the leadership of Phillip Dukashe. This is indeed an embodiment of delivery and excellence. Well done to the Medupi team!” said Peter Sebola, Acting Group Executive, Group Capital Division.
“Eskom New Build team is giving the country an assurance that we are indeed serious about delivering the New Build projects on time and within budget,” said Eskom Interim Group Chief Executive, Sean Maritz.
Despite all the challenges we are faced with as an organisation and our perceived image in the public domain, said Maritz this amazing results strengthen our determination to make sure that regardless our encounters, we continue to deliver on our projects.
“New Build is at the core of making sure that we continue to build excess electricity capacity and contribute to the economic growth of the country at large. We will continue to work hard to regain the trust and confidence of our stakeholders,” added Maritz.
On behalf of Executive Committee, said Maritz, Eskom would like to thank all our stakeholders who continue to support and give the Power Utility team strength to soldier on.
He said Eskom shareholder representative, Department of Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown commended Eskom for job well done.
“This achievement is further testimony that the revised new build programme is on track and realised under difficult economic conditions. Commercial Operation status ensures technical compliance to statutory, safety and legal requirements. This signatory milestone marks the contractual handover of the unit from the primary contractors to Eskom,” added Maritz.
He said Medupi Unit 4 is now part of the Eskom Generation fleet