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Power Plant Could Ease South African Energy Crisis

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Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 09:38 AM Current | Bio | Archive

South Africa has received a rare glimmer of hope concerning the energy crisis that has been stifling its economy for so many years.
 
State-owned Eskom, South Africa’s primary energy provider, dropped the ball in a big way when they failed to adequately maintain or upgrade their power stations causing severe lack of supply and continuous blackouts.
 
Eskom's new coal-fired power station Medupi produced its first 80 megawatts of electricity on Monday. Although this was only a test run, it is still a long-awaited step in the right direction. Eskom has said that we can expect to have the unit contributing almost 800 megawatts of electricity to the grid within the next three months.
 
This should be good news for South Africans; however, you would be hard pressed to find a citizen who is optimistic that Eskom will deliver. The parastatal energy provider made the same promise assuring it would be online by the 27th of December but here we are three months later with more promises.
 
The Medupi Power station has gone well over $2.5 billion over budget and has been delayed for more than two years due to poor-quality engineering and a striking work force.
 
Spanish company Abengoa has built a solar energy plant in the Northern Cape province of South Africa which came online today producing 100 megawatts of renewable energy.
 
I look forward to the day when the bulk of South Africa’s energy is produced privately following in Abengoa’s footsteps but for now we are spectators to the blunders of a corrupt government fumbling nonrenewable energy plans that will leave our children with the same problem 50 years from now.
 
Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.
 
 
 

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