MEDUPI TUR­BINE UP AND RUN­NING

The Witness - Wheels - - NEWS - — Sapa.

PAR­LIA­MENT — Medupi’s unit six tur­bine is now run­ning at op­ti­mum speed, Public En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown said yes­ter­day.

“I want to an­nounce that the Medupi unit six tur­bine com­mis­sion­ing has reached a crit­i­cal mile­stone. It is now run­ning at the op­ti­mum speed of 3 000 rev­o­lu­tions per minute, and I re­ally think you should say ‘ well done’ to Eskom,” she said dur­ing de­bate on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s State of the Na­tion ad­dress. This paved the way for the syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of unit six, which she ex­pected to hap­pen “within weeks”.

Browne said gov­ern­ment was fast- track­ing reg­u­la­tions to en­able Eskom to boost its sup­ply by sign­ing con­tracts with pri­vate­sec­tor power pro­duc­ers.

“By April 2015, this will add 1 000 megawatts [ to the grid],” Browne said.

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