lthough it is one of Africa’s largest economies,
South Africa is struggling with energy
The construction of two new power plants within
the country aims to remedy this situation and to stabilize
the power supply in the long term.
The Kusile power station project, which is located
near the existing Kendal power station, in the Nkangala
district of Mpumalanga, will comprise six units, each
rated at an 800 MW installed capacity for a total capacity
of 4,800 MW. Once completed, Kusile will be the
fourth-largest coal-fired power station in the world.
The Kusile project includes a power station precinct,
power station buildings, administrative buildings (control
buildings and buildings for medical and security
purposes), roads and a high-voltage yard.
The associated infrastructure will include a coal stock-
yard, coal and ash conveyors, water-supply pipelines,
temporary electricity supply during construction, water
and wastewater treatment facilities, ash disposal sys-
tems, a railway line, limestone offloading facilities, access
roads (including haul roads) and dams for water storage,
as well as a railway siding and/or a Railway line for the
transportation of the limestone supply.
The power station will be the first in South Africa to
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