- Eskom is capping the year 2021 with some good news for South Africans by announcing that a Kusile Power Station unit has been connected to the grid
- The power utility says the unit will help lessen the strain on the national grid and once it completes the testing phase it will add 800MW to the national grid
- Some South Africans have welcomed the good news, however, others believe it is only a matter of time before it explodes
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DELMAS - The state-owned power utility has shared some good news with South Africans after experiencing intense rolling blackouts throughout the year.
Eskom stated that a unit at Kusile Power Station located in Delmas in Mpumalanga has been finally connected to the national grid. The unit will help ease the power constraints that have been part of the reason loadshedding had to be implemented.
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My BroadBand reports that the unit at Kulise was first connected on Thursday, 23 December, 2021 and it will add an additional 800MW to the national grid when it becomes fully operational.
In the upcoming six months, the unit will intermittently supply power while it goes through the testing and optimisation phase.
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Bheki Nxumalo, Eskom's Group Capital division executive says connecting the Kusile unit to the national grid is a milestone for Mzansi and the economy, according to a report by News24. He added that work and construction on two other units at Kusile is still underway.
South Africans are not ready to celebrate yet
Taking to social media South Africans stated that the news of the Kusile unit would mean that load reduction will stop in rural parts of the country. Some South Africans are not holding their hopes up for the end of loadshedding while others say the unit will explode soon.
Here are some comments:
"I hope that spells the end of the "load reductions" on our people in the rural areas."
"Wait for load shedding next week."
"I better not see anyone celebrating."
"Let's celebrate when we go for four whole months without loadshedding. Otherwise, this ain't nothing to write home about."
"Next year it will be explosions after explosion."
Some South Africans were proud of Eskom for the milestone
"WELL DONE TEAM ESKOM, onwards and upwards. Thank You. "
South Africans worried about more loadshedding following explosion at Camden Power Station
Briefly News previously reported that South Africans on social media have shown great concerns that an explosion on Wednesday morning, 29 December at the Camden Power Station just outside Ermelo in the Mpumalanga could lead to rolling blackouts.
The news about the explosion was broken by Chris Yelland, an energy analyst, on his Twitter page well before Eskom made the official announcement.
Yelland stated that an inside source revealed that at around 11am, the explosion was caused by a faulty transformer. An hour later, he confirmed that the explosion led to a fire breaking out, however, it was contained.
Source: Briefly News