Eskom announced that Unit 3 of the Kusile Power Station Project was synchronised to the grid on Sunday and produced its first ever power on the same evening.
On Tuesday, 16 April 2019, Eskom announced on its website that the Kusile Power Station Project, situated near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, had reached a new milestone on Sunday, 14 April 2019. The power station’s Unit 3 was synchronised to the national grid, producing its first power early on Sunday evening.
“Unit 3 was synchronised more than [eight] months ahead of the approved target date of December 2019. Once Unit 3 has attained full power, it will be a step closer to be commercially operational which is currently targeted at November 2019,” said Eskom’s Chief Operations Officer Jan Oberholzer.
“The first synchronisation of Unit 3 marks a key milestone towards the full commercial operation of the unit. The next step will be testing and optimisation of the unit over several months which means it will be providing intermittent power to the grid, and at times may even provide zero megawatts. Once all the testing is done, the unit will be fully powered at 800MW and feed into the national grid for the country’s consumption,” the statement read.
The power utility reported that the unit was loaded and kept stable at 60 megawatts, making it the third of the six units at Kusile Power Station to be synchronised to the national grid. According to Eskom, the construction and commissioning activities on the remaining three Kusile units, namely Units 4, 5 and 6, is progressing well. Once completed, the power utility said Kusile’s six units will produce a combined power of 4 800 MW.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this mammoth project, particularly the Kusile leadership and staff for achieving this significant and highly commendable milestone for Eskom and for the country. Thank you too for your continued commitment and for going the many extra miles in striving to achieve Eskom’s objectives. We are proud of your collective achievements and we salute you all,” Oberholzer added.