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Unit 6 of Medupi Power Station comes into full operation

By Clarence Mashiane

Premier Chupu Mathabatha and President Jacob Zuma launched the Unit 6 of the Medupi Power Station at Lephalale on 30 August 2015.


The contruction of the Medupi Power Station started in May 2007 and the project is a greenfield coal-fired power plant comprising six units rated in total at 4764 intalled capacity. Medupi has achieved a significant stage in its construction by the synchronisation of its 1st unit (Unit 6) on 2 March 2015 to the National grid.

“Today’s launch of the Unit 6 phase makes it clear that Medupi has been a catalyst of development in this area in a relatively short period. Medupi’s megawatt contribution, along with the 1 800 megawatts that is supplied by independent power producers, will further strengthen the country’s electricity supply and stimulate our economy. This will help achieve the projection made with regard to Medupi, that at its completion, it will directly grow South Africa’s GDP by approximately 0.35% per year,” President Jacob Zuma said.