Scopa to visit Eskom’s costly, ‘poor performing’ new power stations

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“The building of the coal-fired power stations, which started in 2007 and 2008, has been hit by cost overruns, poor engineering design and allegations of corruption.”

Medupi’s first unit to supply power to the grid was supposed to be completed in 2012 and the remaining units were to be completed in 2015. The projected completion date is now 2021.

Kusile is facing similar delays and its completion date has been pushed back to 2022/23.

Scopa said it would meet the Eskom board on Thursday next week, directly after its oversight visits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

South Africa will be vulnerable to load-shedding at the end of August, when Eskom ramps up its plant-maintenance programme.

This is the view of energy expert Ted Blom, after Eskom board member Nelisiwe Magubane’s warning on Wednesday that an acceleration in economic growth in SA could trigger power cuts, TimesLIVE reported earlier on Friday.





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