Electricity Minister Ramokgopa returns to Kusile for inspection

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa on Monday visited the Kusile power station for the second time since his term began over a month ago.

At least three of the power station’s units are currently offline due to a flue gas duct failure that which occurred in October 2022, costing Eskom at least 2 400MW of capacity.

The three units are expected back online later in 2023.

During the visit, Ramokgopa will receive a status report on the measures taken to bring the four units back online by December, according to the Presidency.

This will be followed by an inspection of a construction project at the power station.

“Government has taken steps to improve the performance of Eskom’s existing coal fleet as part of a resolution to loadshedding,” said the Presidency.

“The visit to Kusile is part of the minister’s efforts to ensure the station is on track to produce the much-needed megawatts.”

Meanwhile, Eskom is currently implementing countrywide rolling power cuts between stages three and five until further notice.

Stage-three loadshedding is being rolled out between 5am and 4pm daily and will be replaced with stage five blackouts from 4pm to 5am.

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