Grootvlei Power Station

Grootvlei Power Station
Grootvlei Power Station

President Zuma to re-open Grootvlei Power Station - 20th September 2013

Government says it is doing its best to address the country's power shortage. President Jacob Zuma will re-open the Grootvlei Power Station in Balfour, Mpumalanga, on Friday morning. This is part of the roll-out of government's infrastructure building programme.

The return of the power station to service will assist with the electricity demand requirements on the national grid by facilitating maintenance for other power stations.

The re-opening of the Grootvlei Power Station is part of Eskom's return-to-service projects which also include the Camden and Komati Power Stations.

The power station was built in the late 1960's consisting of six coal fired units with an installed capacity of 1200 megawatts. However, it ceased operation in 1990 due to excess power at the time.

During his visit on Friday, Zuma will also inspect progress made in the construction of the Balfour Railway Line, which is intended to transport coal to the Grootvlei Power Station.

This is in line with government's road to rail migration plan which is aimed at reducing the number of heavy trucks that are damaging Mpumalanga's road infrastructure.

The rail line will be able to transport three million tons of coal per annum to the Grootvlei Power Station.

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