Zuma to officially open Medupi unit 6

The unit has been described as a critical milestone in developing new generating capacity in the country.

The Medupi power station in Limpopo. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma will officially open Eskom's Medupi's unit 6 in Lephalale in Limpopo today, which will add 4,800 megawatts to the power grid.

There have been 22 consecutive days without rolling power cuts and it's hoped the green-fields coal-fired power plant, which was first synchronized in March, will alleviate pressure.

The unit has been described as a critical milestone in developing new generating capacity in the country.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola said, "President Jacob Zuma will officially launch the Medupi unit 6. Medupi is in the process of construction and we hope this will improve the national grid."

On Thursday, Cabinet said it expected all six units of the Medupi power plant to be operational in the first half of 2019.

Cabinet welcomed news that unit 6 of the Medupi power plant has come into full commercial operation, but warned that from Monday unit 2 of the Koeberg power station will be shut down for maintenance, which is expected to take three months.