Medupi plant work may restart Thursday

Engineering News 23 January 2013.

Construction of South Africa’s 4 764 MW Medupi coal-fired power plant, meant to plug an electricity shortfall, may restart on Thursday after stopping because of protests, a spokeswoman for state-owned utility Eskom said on Wednesday.

Workers were sent home on Wednesday last week after protests at the site and disruption to transport leading to the construction area.

“We are hoping for workers to get back to work and restart construction tomorrow,” spokesperson Hilary Joffe said.

The first of six units at Medupi, already delayed by more than a year due to problems with boiler contracts, is on a very tight schedule to start generating electricity late this year…

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