Posts tagged as Medupi

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is said to be five years, with a […]

Efficiency and environmental protection in coal-fired power stations

  The installation of a number of induced-draft (ID) fans ensure efficient and reliable operation at South Africa’s new large-scale coal-fired power plants, Medupi and Kusile. Ageing infrastructure and a lack of new power stations led to a steady reduction in reserve capacity in the South African electrical power grid, which led to forced shut […]

Energize Inbox, August 2016

Our winning letter re: Renewable energy is an uneconomical source of energy Sir I think the CEO of Eskom has accurately described the renewable situation. Certain renewables, primarily wind and solar  are in reality uneconomic as major baseload power suitable for industry and the all-important manufacturing and mining industries. In essence they are a failed […]

Understanding the cost of electricity from Medupi, Kusile and IPPs

  In order to understand and compare the cost of electricity from a power plant, whether it is coal-fired, nuclear, hydro, gas, wind or solar, one needs to look further than simply the capital, fuel or operating and maintenance costs in isolation, to a concept known as the “levelised cost of electricity” over the lifetime […]

Massive cost and time overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

  Besides the financial results themselves for Eskom’s financial year ending 31 March 2016, perhaps the most important new information to come out at the media briefing at Megawatt Park on 5 July 2016, was Eskom’s latest estimate of the overnight capital costs, or cost to completion (CTC), for its Medupi and Kusile power stations. […]

Local community benefits from new power station

  Eskom will be investing about R5-million to refurbish the Marapong Community Health Centre facilities in the Lephalale Local Municipality in Limpopo. In August 2007 when construction of Medupi started the power utility agreed to not only build the Medupi power plant, but also to improve the lives of the communities in its footprint. The […]

Conceived in the resource-rich 20th century, SA’s two immense power plants stumble

  Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science center that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  Conceived in the resource-rich, ecologically stable, and capital-abundant 20th century, South Africa’s two immense coal-fired Medupi and Kusile power stations were viewed as reasoned answers to South Africa’s growing demand for electricity, […]

Generating electricity and creating jobs

  Eskom’s Medupi Power Station has transformed a small village into a large town in addition to supplying the country with an additional 800 MW of electricity. Speaking at the South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) Johannesburg lecture recently, Roman Crookes, Eskom’s project director for the Medupi Power Station Project, said that the construction of […]

First generating unit at Medupi goes live

  President Jacob Zuma opened Unit 6 of the Medupi Power Station recently. Unit 6 was first synchronised to the national grid on 2 March this year and has been producing electricity to the national grid intermittently whilst undergoing regular optimisation tests. Eskom’s acting chief executive, Brian Molefe, says the commercial operation of Unit 6 […]

Eskom bullish about the future despite a fall in earnings and profit

  Eskom has reported a R3,6-billion net profit for the year ending 31 March 2015. The power utility’s net profit in the previous year (1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014) was R7,1-billion. Speaking at the company’s integrated results meeting on 11 August 2015, Brian Molefe, the utility’s acting chief executive, said that he was […]