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South African First New Power Station No. 6 Unit Put into Operation in Recent 20 Years

Number of visits: Date:9/11/2015 09:48:23

Local time on August 30, South African President Jacob Zuma announced that South African first new power station unit, Medupi6, put into operation in recent 20 years.

Medupi power station construction was launched in 2007, including six generating set, with the installed capacity of 4764 megawatts, and the installed capacity of the no. 6 unit was 794 megawatts. Because of technology and capital problem, the Medupi power station project delayed so far. Once completed, it would become the world's fourth largest coal-fired power station, the world's most dry cooling plants, whose plan operating life would last 50 years.

In recent years, serious shortage of electricity in South Africa, which caused serious constraint to the economic and social development in South Africa. President Jacob Zuma said publicly in the middle of this month, the power shortage had become one of the biggest challenges faced by South Africa's economic and social development.

However, the industry believed that the entire coal-fired power plant with a total investment reached 105 billion rand, and in the global attempt to get rid of the next generation of coal-dependent situation, spending huge sums to build coal-fired power plant in South Africa was tantamount to harm than good. This program was contrary to the South African government’s goal in 2030 to achieve an installed capacity of 9600 megawatts of nuclear power to reduce reliance on coal-fired electricity generation .

Expected in the first half of 2019, all the power station would be completed and put into operation, which would provide one eighth power for South Africa.

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