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More delays at Medupi as South Africa suffers rolling blackouts

Eskom would not over the weekend confirm increasing reports from its Medupi construction site that the deadline to synchronize its unit 6 to the national grid on 24 December will not be met.

Medupi is being built in the Limpopo province.

Medupi is being built in the Limpopo province.

Since Friday, Moneyweb has received reports from different sources at Medupi that the Christmas Eve deadline will not be met as it takes longer than Eskom anticipated to do the necessary testing and fine-tuning of several systems in preparation for the synchronisation.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger on Sunday did not respond directly to the allegations, apart from saying an update will be given at the utility’s results presentation on Tuesday.

Sources at Medupi said tension is running high on site, with contractors having known for some time that the deadline is unachievable, but Eskom refusing to acknowledge the reality of the situation.

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Contractors fear that they will again be blamed for Eskom’s failures and its efforts to comply with political promises, rather than techinical imperatives.

One source said the synchronisation won’t be possible before January 15 and another would not even venture an opinion.

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