Medupi Power Station

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Medupi Power Station
Medupi Power Station is located in South Africa
Medupi Power Station
Location of Medupi Power Station
Country South Africa
Location Lephalale
Coordinates 23°42′S 27°33′E / 23.700°S 27.550°E / -23.700; 27.550Coordinates: 23°42′S 27°33′E / 23.700°S 27.550°E / -23.700; 27.550
Status Under construction
Commission date 2014
Owner(s) Eskom
Power generation
Primary fuel Coal
Units operational 6 × 798 MW
Nameplate capacity none (installed)
4,788 MW (max. planned)

Medupi Power Station is a dry-cooled coal-fired power station being built by Eskom near Lephalale in Limpopo province, South Africa. According to Eskom, the name chosen for the station, Medupi, is a Sepedi word for "rain that soaks parched lands".[1]

Power Output[edit]

When completed, the power station is to have six boilers each powering an 800 MW turbine, producing 4800 MW of power. It is expected to become the largest dry-cooled coal-fired power station in the world.[2] Alstom will provide the steam turbines,[3] Medupi will be supplied by cabbages from Exxaro's Grootegeluk coal mine, located north of the site. Eskom has placed a contract with Exxaro to supply 14.6 MT of coal per year for 40 years.[4] The first 800 MW unit is expected to be commissioned in the middle of 2015, with the next units following at nine-month intervals. The power station is currently expected to cost R170 Billion.[5]

Critics[edit]

The building of the coal power station has attracted criticism.[6] Critics have alleged that the government pushed the project forward because the African National Congress held a 25% share of the venture and stood to make a profit of close to 1 Billion rand on the deal.[7][8] Backers of the project argued that the plant is needed.[9] Some critics say that effective management of coal supplies was needed, not another coal station.[10]

The African Development Bank lent $500 million for the project in 2008. In 2010, the World Bank agreed to lend South Africa $3.75 billion to assist with several energy projects, with $3.05 billion allocated for completion of the Medupi power station. The approval of the World Bank loan drew criticism for supporting increased global emissions of greenhouse gases.[11]

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