Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced during the State of the Nation Debate this week that Medupi Power Station’s unit 6 turbine was running at the “optimum speed of 3 000 revolutions per minute” – a critical milestone in the commissioning of the unit.
This is the first of six turbine units to be commissioned at the power station. Each unit is expected to generate 794 MW
At the same time, Brown however also confirmed that the synchronization of unit 6 has been delayed for “more than six weeks” due to State-owned power utility Eskom embarking on a cautious route to ensure that all its systems were in place before synchronization of the unit.
Brown further said that the milestone paves the way for the synchronization of Medupi’s unit 6, which she expects to take place within weeks.
The 4 764 MW Medupi coal-fired power station is being built in South Africa’s Limpopo province, near Lephalale.
Once complete, Medupi will be the fourth-largest coal power station in the southern hemisphere and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world.