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MHPS delivers third boiler to Medupi coal plant

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS), in cooperation with group companies in Africa and Europe, has completed delivery of the third boiler unit of the Medupi coal-fired power plant, currently under construction in the Republic of South Africa for Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.

The unit, a supercritical-pressure boiler, which was part of an order received in 2007, has already commenced commercial operation.

South Africa is undertaking one of the world's largest power generation projects, targeting a total output of 9600 MW through the Medupi and Kusile power plants. Once completed, the two plants will each have an output of 4800 MW. The newly delivered boiler is the fourth of 12 coal-fired units to be installed at the Medupi and Kusile power plants, with each unit providing a power output of 800 MW.

The adoption of supercritical-pressure technologies enables more efficient power generation than conventional coal-fired systems, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Two other units have already been in commercial operation at the Medupi power plant since August 2015 and April 2017. At the Kusile power plant, the first unit has already been in commercial operation since August 2017.

Eskom had previously announced that commercial operation at Medupi power plant for the third boiler would launch by July 2018. However, due to the efforts of MHPS to shorten the construction period, commercial operation was achieved eight months ahead of schedule.

Eskom supplies power not only within South Africa but also to neighbouring countries. Once completed, the Medupi and Kusile power plants are expected to contribute greatly to the economic development of South Africa and its neighbours. MHPS will continue to support the construction of the remaining eight boilers, seeking the earliest possible completion of the two power plants.

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