Eskom to complete Medupi Power Station

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said it will not move its deadline for the completion of the Medupi Power Station following endless protests last week.

Workers downed tools in January at the Limpopo power plant following an illegal strike.

The power utility then shut operations down for the safety of workers.

Eskom spokesperson Hillary Joffe said contractors were in talks with employees to resume operations soon.

“The project is on a very tight schedule to deliver by the end of this year. The stoppage of work is a real concern.”

Some 46 people were arrested at the Medupi Power Station following the violent protest.

The group was arrested last week after demonstrators torched an Eskom vehicle

In January, demonstrators stopped transport vehicles from accessing the construction site.

The first of six units at the plant have already been delayed by more than a year due to problems with boiler contracts.