Eskom has successfully brought another unit of the Kusile Power Station back online, providing an additional 800MW to the national electricity grid. This achievement comes after unit 3 was restored to operation at the end of September, with only unit 2 remaining to be added.
Eskom Makes Progress Toward Ending Load Shedding With New Kusile Unit Online
The combined return of units 1 and 3 now contributes 1,600MW to the grid, marking significant progress towards reducing and eventually ending load shedding in South Africa.
South Africa’s Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, welcomed the return of unit 1 and noted its positive impact on the stability of generation performance. He highlighted that the unit’s return occurred ahead of schedule.
The third remaining unit is anticipated to return in November 2023, and unit 5 is set to commence commercial operation in December 2023.
These developments affirm Eskom’s commitment to reducing and ultimately ending load shedding in the country.
Background on Kusile Units
Kusile’s units 1, 2, and 3 were idled for nearly a year due to safety concerns and licensing restrictions. The failure of the Kusile West stack in October 2022 led to the decommissioning of these three generating units.
A temporary solution was implemented, erecting three temporary stacks that did not include flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) plants, enabling the units’ return to service