JOHANNESBURG - State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its Medupi coal-fired power station in Limpopo has produced first power out of its last unit.
In a statement late on Tuesday, Eskom said Unit 1 attained 190MW earlier in the day, making it the last of Medupi's six units to be synchronised to the national grid.
First synchronisation or first power is when the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid so that it is aligned with all other generators.
Unit 1 will start generating and delivering electricity intermittently into the grid over several months during a testing and optimisation phase to ensure the country has stable supply.
Eskom was forced to implement rotational powercuts earlier this year to avoid a total collapse of the grid as supply struggled to keep up with demand.