Coinciding with over one year of “load-shedding” free supply of electricity, Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned supplier of electricity, has announced the coming into commercial operation of the third unit of its long-overdue project.
In a statement Eskom said the unit, which became operational on 30 August, would pump close to 1000 MW into the South African power grid.
The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Molefe, hailed the three units as a key milestone towards “the full commercial operation of the entire Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme ahead of the deadline of mid-2017”.
Molefe explained, “The commercial operation of Unit 1 is further proof that we are well on our way to ensure security of power supply to South African homes and businesses. I am truly excited that we are on track to deliver on our commitment to bring all New Build projects on line timeously.”
Meanwhile, the remaining unit (Unit 3) has already been synchronised to the national grid and is currently undergoing repairs after experiencing problems during the testing phase. The unit is on track for commercial operation during the first half of 2017.
The commercial launch of unit three follows last week’s launch of unit 2.
The Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme has three phases, which will produce a total of 1 332MW, on completion.