Two electricity generating stations under construction in South Africa
25 November 2009
The world’s two largest coal-fired dry-cooling power stations are currently under construction in South Africa.
Based at Medupi and Kusile, they will produce 4800 MW each, so as to put an end to the frequent power cuts which affect the country.
The energy crisis will in effect have lost South Africa 6.7 billion Dollars since 2008, according to figures released at an energy conference in Cape Town on 11 and 13 November 2009.
This is therefore a major challenge for the Government, which has decided to double the country’s production capacities between now and 2020.
The French company Alstom in particular has just signed a contract for more than 150 million Dollars with the South African electricity company Eskom to supply the control system at Medupi.
The system in question has been brought to fruition in co-operation with Microsoft, and will allow, among other advantages, for costs to be optimised and for effective monitoring of the equipment in the power station, according to a press release from Alstom.<br/>