Unit 1 of the Kusile power station project has been brought into full commercial operation, adding 800 MW to the national grid.
The Kusile power station project is a green-fields coal-fired power plant which is located near the existing Kendal power station near eMalahleni in the Nkangala District, Mpumalanga. It will comprise six units, each producing 800 MW for a total capacity of 4800 MW. Upon completion in 2022, it will be the fourth-largest coal plant in the world. Kusile is the first power plant in Africa to implement clean fuel technology such as flue-gas desulphurisation – a state-of-the-art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal or oil. This technology is fitted as an atmospheric emission abatement technology, in line with current international practice, to ensure compliance with air-quality standards, especially since the power station is located in a priority air shed area.
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