Eskom wants to build another big power station

Barbarian Conan

Expert Member
Aug 8, 2017
Could they perhaps finish what that start first? I mean you've got two massive white elephants you've wasted billions on that were supposed to go live 6 years ago?
Notwithstanding their inability to finish a project on time and on budget, I think starting the feasibility study phase now is already too late. We need more power, and many of the existing plants are close to the end of their lives.


Executive Member
Jul 5, 2009
Don't forget to add an extra 0 at the end of your final cost
Most of the gas turbine peaking-power plants such as Ankerlig, use known technology and were brought online at budget and on-schedule. They were 'turnkey' projects, where the contractor is paid a fixed price, and all the operator has to do is train and start up the machinery. See:

This is very different from Medupi and Kusile, where there was no single lead-contractor, no overview of design requirements, and no limits on budget or consequences for missed timetables.


Honorary Master
Jun 23, 2008
Thank goodness it is gas at least.

Drove through the Mpumalanga recently. The particulate pollution from the power stations there is f__king ridiculous. They are not running those stations the way they used to. There never used to be literal banks of smog you drove though.