SOUTH AFRICA’S ESKOM BRINGS UNIT 3 OF INGULA POWER PROJECT INTO COMMERCIAL OPS

South African electricity utility Eskom says Unit 3 of its Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme has been brought into commercial operation, adding 333 megawatts (MW) to the country’s power grid.

This now means that all four units that make up the plant, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, are now in commercial operation and are producing a total of 1,332 MW.

The commercial operation of Unit 3 completes the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme project, further strengthening security of power supply to South African homes and businesses, the state-owned power utility said in a statement Monday.

These units are now part of Eskom’s peaking fleet of power stations. Ingula can respond to demand increases on the national grid within two-and-a-half minutes.”

Commercial operation is when the construction and optimisation of the unit is complete and the operator, Eskom Generation Division in this case, takes over the plant and runs it on a commercial basis.

Ingula Unit 3 was resynchronised to the grid in October 2016 after repairs following an incident during the optimisation process.

I am thrilled that we are on track to deliver all new build projects online timeously. This achievement would not have been possible without the hard working team at Ingula and strong executive leadership in Eskom, said Eskom’s interim Group Chief Executive, Matshela Koko.

Construction of the plant began in 2005. Ingula is Africa’s newest and largest pumped storage scheme and the 14th largest pumped storage scheme in the world.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK