Eskom reports that the power utility has increased its plant availability to over 77%. This can attributed to the additional new generating capacity added from Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power stations and the utility’s rigorous fleet maintenance programme, Eskom’s interim group chief executive, Johnny Dladla, says. Adherence to a strict plant maintenance programme has also resulted in a drastic reduction in unplanned maintenance and the number of breakdowns over the past two years. To manage the surplus capacity, Dladla said Eskom has adopted an aggressive sales volume growth to support economic growth by encouraging an annual growth of 2,1% in local demand and 8% in export sales over the next five years. All four units at Ingula, with total installed capacity of 1332 MW, are now in commercial operation. Medupi Unit 5 was synchronised on 8 September 2016. The unit, with installed capacity of 794 MW, achieved commercial operation on 3 April 2017. After the synchronisation of Kusile Unit 1 on 26 December 2016, the unit achieved full load during March 2017, while testing continues. Medupi Unit 4 was also synchronised on 31 May 2017.
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