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GE has received a Final Acceptance Certificate for the successful testing and transitioning of Medupi Power Station Unit 4. This is a major milestone as Unit 4 will be the third unit out of six units to be transferred to commercial operation, marking the half way point of completing the project.

Medupi reaches half way pointCompletion of the power plant is scheduled for 2020. Medupi will be the fourth-largest coal-fired power plant in the world and the largest in Africa. GE’s scope on the project includes 6 full EPC turbine islands, air cooled condensers and overall project and construction management.

“We have been working with Eskom on the Medupi Power Plant since 2007. Our collaboration with Eskom has achieved significant progress with more than just power supply in South Africa. We have invested over 1 billion Rand to empower local businesses and trained over 300 students on technical and engineering skills,” says Douglas Beigley, Project Director for Medupi Power Station at GE.

“Enterprise and supplier development is a critical pillar of the country’s Broad Based Economic Empowerment and it speaks to the true empowerment of sustainable business in South Africa. This investment solidifies GE’s long-term commitment to the country’s national development plan. Medupi is a shining example of how Africa’s power generation needs can be solved through successful public private sector collaboration.”

GE’s collaboration with Eskom goes beyond the building, engineering and construction of the Medupi plant. The company’s total plant management solutions portfolio enables it to perform as a single service provider that understands the full plant-as-a-system impact for installation, maintenance, repair and upgrade activities. “Our excellent services capabilities enable us to optimise the performance and long-term value of the steam power plant to ensure high efficiency for the units throughout the plant’s life cycle,” Beigley says.

“GE’s commitment to working with Eskom will bring South Africa’s government closer to realising its energy supply goals. Upon completion, the power station will produce a total of 4800MW and will be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of 3.5 million households in the country.”

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