South Africa's Eskom puts first new power station online in 20 years

A power company by South African state-owned Eskom, in Witbank, South Africa, on February 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

South Africa put its first new power station in 20 years on line Monday as the country grapples with rolling electricity cuts that have hobbled growth in the continent’s second-largest economy.

The state-owned Eskom power company said electricity from the first unit at the coal-fired Medupi power station will pump 794 megawatts into the strained national grid when it gets up to full power in three months time.

Chief executive Tshediso Matona said the process marked “an exciting milestone towards full commercial power”.

The station is expected to have a total output of 4,764 megawatts once all six units are finished in 2017, but the project has been repeatedly delayed since construction began in 2007.

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