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First power from Medupi by end 2013 increasingly unlikely

EE Publishers

17 June 2013

Despite repeated assurances by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Eskom CEO Brian Dames, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that power from Medupi, South Africa’s first new base-load power station in 25 years, will be delivered into the national grid by the end of 2013.

Already more than two years late, Eskom has blamed the absence of a funding plan, geological conditions, its major contractors Hitachi and Alstom, labour unrest by the construction site workforce, and even its former construction execution partner Parsons Brinckerhoff Power, but never itself, for the construction delays at the 4800 MW coal-fired dry-cooled power station.  Read more

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