Further delays at Medupi Power Station

Roman Crookes, Eskom’s project manager at Medupi Power Station, advised yesterday that the deadline for synchronization of the first unit at Medupi Power station has been extended by a further six weeks, from mid February 2015 to end March 2015.

This is according to a report by EE Publishers.

The report follows the recent disclosure by Eskom that the commercial operation date for the first unit at Eskom’s Kusile power station has been delayed by a year from mid 2016 to mid 2017.

According to the report, this means that Medui and Kusile, which should had been fully on stream (with all 6 x 800 MW units at each power station generating commercial power into the grid by end 2013 and 2014 respectively), are running five years late as a result of project execution delays.

More problems at Medupi

Reports by the City Press at the beginning of February alleged that a water supply project at Medupi was suffering delays due a fight over contractors.

According to the report, a deputy director-general was “making life difficult” for the contractor of the project.

Eskom said at the time that, despite the delays, Medupi would have enough water until 2023.

Medupi also suffered technical problems in January during the commissioning of Unit 6.

The problems made it impossible for Eskom to conduct blow-through testing of the first Hitachi boiler at Medupi at the steam speed, volume and turbulence factor required in the international VGB guidelines and contract specifications.

“As a result of an inadequate design of the temporary piping that blows steam to the atmosphere, try as it might, Eskom has been unable to achieve blow-through at the specified steam conditions to achieve the required levels of steam cleanliness,” said EE Publishers.

Medupi and Kusile are now only expected to be fully on stream delivering commercial power into the grid by 2019 and 2020 respectively.

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