Interesting report, though each power station contains multiple generating units, so the comment is not as meaningful as one might think.
Edit: Typical generators are in the 400-800MW range, so a large power station often has 6-8 independent units. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_stations_in_South_Africa
The broader problem should be more of a concern:
R345 billion to fix flaws at Medupi and Kusile caused by shoddy workmanship by suppliers? Is such a large figure correct or is there a zero missing somewhere? How long will these repairs take, and are the suppliers / contractors going to pay for these repairs?
It is badly written, poor journalism and either intentionally or unintentionally suppose to create adverse sensationalism.That's what Pravin Gordhan wants to know: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom/eskom-opens-forensic-probe-on-medupi-kusile-20181206
Edit: Allegations about overspending are not new, but it is surprising that they still aren't working properly: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2018-05-02-da-wants-forensic-investigation-into-eskoms-power-station-overspend/
The quote from City Press is written as follows:
The quote should rather say something like this"They say the design flaws affecting Medupi and Kusile – which are set to cost a combined R345 billion – all relate to work contracted to the Japanese multinational, and resulted in Medupi’s three operational units either shutting down entirely or losing part of their output. "
In the same article they later stipulate the projected costs for resolving these errors as -"Medupi and Kusile – which are set to cost a combined R345 billion, have experienced design flaws, all relating to work contracted to the Japanese multinational, and resulted in Medupi’s three operational units either shutting down entirely or losing part of their output. "
R345 Billion is the total cost from start to finish - accounting for everything. Poorly written article.Another engineer said the R1.5 billion Eskom recently allocated to fixing design problems at Medupi and Kusile “will definitely not cover it all” and will be used while Eskom fights its contractors to make them pay instead.
My source at Kusile had this to say -
Jip, I heard that the FFP ( edit - filter Fabric Plant mentioned in news reports) is a problem. But the other big problem is that the different designers never really made sure that interface of there designs line up. Load shedding is back for a short time really.
Unit 1 is off because of a normal scheduled outage. Outage is over now
Unit 2 had a breakdown in Jan so they are just behind schedule now, should go on line the end of December.