Medupi fires up: First oil fire

October 20th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Featured: Energize


Unit 6, the first unit of the Medupi power station which is scheduled to be synchronised at the end of the year, successfully achieved its first oil fire on 17 October 2014. This is a major milestone for the project. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and fuel oil were used to ignite the first oil fire.



This meant that all of the gas and oil systems had to be available and fully commissioned.  During the first oil fire all sequence starts on the oil burners were proven successful; the purge steam, atomising steam and gas flame sequences were activated and the gas flame then successfully ignited the fuel oil. With the first oil fire having been successfully achieved, the oil burners will now be optimised to achieve a stable oil fire. One of the mills will then be optimised to achieve stable coal fires. During optimisation blow-through will commence.

Contact Nto Rikhotso, Eskom, Tel 011 800-4706,

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