Eskom has started commercial operations at Unit 4 of the Medupi power plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

The milestone means that three of the plant’s six units are now operating after Units 6 and 5 started up in August 2015 and April 2017, respectively.

According to Eskom, the 794 MW Unit 4 reached full power in 19 June 2017, just 20 days after successful synchronisation. The unit was officially declared commercial after the completion of control, performance and the 30 day reliability run, putting all performance guarantees to effect.

Eskom interim group CEO Sean Maritz said: “Eskom New Build team is giving the country an assurance that we are indeed serious about delivering the New Build projects on time and within budget.

“Despite all the challenges we are faced with as an organisation and our perceived image in the public domain, this amazing results strengthen our determination to make sure that despite our challenges, we continue to deliver on our projects.”