Medupi to be fully switched on in 5 years time

The first unit is now functional and has been handed over to the utility's operational division.

FILE:The first unit is now functional and has been handed over to the utility's operational division. Picture:EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said it plans to have all six units at the Medupi Power Station fully functional in five years time after one of them came online yesterday.

Yesterday, the first unit was handed over to the utility's operational division after undergoing testing for months.

Medupi has been contributing 800 megawatts to the power grid since March this year with the hope that it will alleviate load shedding.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said, "This power is not a thoroughly new power per say. It is power that we have been using all along."

He add the unit is going to help Eskom to reduce the risk of load shedding.

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