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Eskom confident of Medupi launch deadline

The first unit at the Medupi Power Plant is expected to be synchronised at midday on Christmas Eve.

FILE: Eskom says it's condifent the Medupi Power Plant will come online by December. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While Eskom continues its battle with funding issues and limited electricity supply, the utility says it's confident the Medupi Power Plant will come online by December.

Eskom began a 100-day countdown from today.

The power plant, which has seen several delays, will add more generating capacity in an attempt to avoid load shedding.

Cabinet recently approved a package to close the funding gap at the power utility.

Adding to the costs, Eskom has been running more expensive power plants in order to keep the lights on.

The utility's Andrew Etzinger said, "We're confident at this stage, that we will certainly within the next 100 days, be synchronising the first unit at Medupi."

He said the power plant was delayed by about a year due to industrial action alone.

Etzinger added that although it will take several months for the unit to reach full and stable power, the utility is excited about its launch.

The power plant is expected to be synchronised at midday on Christmas Eve.