Medupi, Kusile overruns should be probed, NPC commissioner asserts

Engineering News 21 August 2012.

A leading energy-policy academic, who is also a commissioner in the 26-member National Planning Commission (NPC), called on Tuesday for a formal enquiry into the cost and schedule overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power station projects.

The projects would be the third- and fourth-largest coal plants in the world, with Kusile set to add 4 800 MW and Medupi 4 764 MW worth of capacity between late 2013 and 2018 – only the 7 100 MW Taichung plant, in Taiwan, and the 5 000 MW Waigaoqiao, in China, are larger.

Eskom expects Medupi to cost R91.2-billion to complete and Kusile R118.5-billion (both figures exclude interest during construction)…