Medupi’s unit six ‘not yet ready’ to generate full time

Tests so far indicate it is able to produce 800 megawatts of power once it comes online.

FILE: Medupi Power Station. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Power utility Eskom says the Medupi power station's unit six is not yet ready to generate electricity on a full-time basis.

But its tests so far indicate it is able to produce 800 megawatts of power once it comes online.

The utility has assured the country it will do everything possible to avoid load shedding during winter.

The power utility's Khulu Phasiwe explains that once unit six is able to provide 800 megawatts every time they switch it on, they will be comfortable to say it's doing what is supposed to be doing.

"At this stage, they can't say that. It's still in a testing stage and not yet fully operational."

The country has experienced blackouts almost daily as the power utility battles to keep up with electricity demand while it carries out maintenance on its aging infrastructure.