Construction work at Kusile Power plant in South Africa halted as worker dies

Construction work at Kusile Power plant in south Africa halted as worker dies

Construction work at Kusile Power plant in south Africa has been halted after a worker was killed at the site.

South African power utility Eskom confirmed the death of the worker saying it was as a result of a crane collapse.

According to the spokesman for Eskom, Khulu Phasiwe, work was stopped immediately as four other workers were also injured in the accident which occurred on the site located in the North Eastern SIDE OF Mpumalanga Province.

Phasiwe also noted that despite the fact that construction work had been halted on the entire plant, construction work will resume on other parts that had not been affected by the incident.

According to an official from Eskom, works on the Kusile power plant in South Africa  will still be completed on the expected dates and the first unit of the coal fired power station is expected to be complete by the first half of 2017.

Upon completion of the coal fired power plant, it will add a combined 4, 800MW to South Africa’s generation capacity for 2012 which is currently at 45,000MW.

Construction of new power stations has been a great challenge for ESKOM, with extreme costs and construction delays something which has led to the energy shortages in the country which is Africa’s most advanced economy.

The other coal power station by Eskom, Medupi plant began operations feeding 600MW into the national grid this year.

Regular power cuts in South Africa have affected the Economy of the country.

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