Eskom Unit 4 con­nected to na­tional grid

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ESKOM has syn­chro­nised Unit 4 of the Medupi Power Sta­tion Project in Lepha­lale, Lim­popo, to the na­tional grid, be­com­ing the third of the power sta­tion’s six units to come on stream. The syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of Unit 4 also marks a mile­stone to­wards the full com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion of the unit ahead of its sched­uled com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion next year. Syn­chro­ni­sa­tion is when the gen­er­a­tor in the unit is con­nected into the power grid so that it is aligned with all other gen­er­a­tors on the na­tional grid. It will then start to gen­er­ate and de­liver elec­tric­ity into the grid. Act­ing group ex­ec­u­tive for Group Cap­i­tal, Pr­ish Goven­der, said this was a mile­stone for Eskom. “Medupi Unit 4 syn­chro­ni­sa­tion is a great mile­stone and a strong in­di­ca­tion that we are on the right path on de­liv­er­ing the en­tire New Build pro­gramme to the coun­try ahead of sched­ule. I am thrilled by this achieve­ment,” Goven­der said. “This achieve­ment makes us all proud and we com­mend the team for their com­mit­ment in work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure that Unit 4 syn­chro­ni­sa­tion is achieved ahead of sched­ule.” Medupi will be the fourth largest coal-fired power plant, and the largest dry-cooled power sta­tion in the world. It will con­sist of six units with an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 4 800MW. – ANA

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