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Energize Medupi Unit 3 finally reaches full generating capacity
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Medupi Unit 3 finally reaches full generating capacity

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Eskom has announced that Medupi’s Unit 3 has reached the full generation capacity of 793 MW. This follows a 75-day outage to repair major design defects.

Medupi Power Station

“Completing the Unit 3 outage within time, demonstrates Team Medupi and its contractors’ commitment to improving plant performance in terms of availability and reliability. This critical achievement is laudable as its success is dependent on different role players doing their bit to bring workable solutions,” says Jan Oberholzer, Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer.

The major focus of the outage was to implement the technically agreed solutions for the boiler issues that hobbled the performance of the unit; these being the boiler plant modifications of the re-heater spray flow, pulse jet fabric filter plant, gas air heater, milling plant, duct erosion, and dust arrestors.

Unit 3 is currently undergoing optimisation and performance testing prior to conducting the boiler performance verification tests, which require inspections and equipment tests to be conducted after 2500 hours of operation in order to verify the success of the modifications.

Eskom is currently implementing similar modifications on Unit 6 which is offline. After this, work will begin on Unit 1, starting mid-May 2020. Unit 4 will also be taken off the grid in July 2020 for similar modifications. Unit 2 will receive its modifications in late August 2020, followed by Unit 5 in November 2020.

Contact Eskom, Tel 011 800-3378, mediadesk@eskom.co.za

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