Zuma officially opens Unit 6 at Medupi

Unit 6 at the Medupi Plant has officially been opened, adding nearly 800 megawatts to the strained grid.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma has officially opened Unit 6 at the Medupi Power Station in Lephalale in Limpopo, adding nearly 800 megawatts to the strained grid. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has officially opened Unit 6 at the Medupi Power Station in Lephalale in Limpopo, adding nearly 800 megawatts to the strained grid.

Eskom executives and the president have also been taken on a tour of the plant which is set to be completed by 2017.

Construction at Medupi has been delayed since 2013 by lengthy strikes and other work stoppages.

The Greenfield coal-fired Power Plant was first synchronised to the grid in March, helping to avoid load shedding.

Zuma has described the opening of Unit 6 as a critical milestone in developing new generating capacity for the country.

"The Medupi Power Station, whose construction started in May 2007, is the largest coal-fired power station in our country. It will also become the world's largest dry cooled coal-fired power station."