Zuma says new power plant will create jobsBy XINHUA | Monday, June 11 2012 at 14:10
South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday praised the Medupi Power Station under construction for creating growth in the economy.
The remark was made as he was attending the unveiling ceremony of the hydrostatic pressure test for unit six at the Medupi Power Station in the northern province of Limpopo.
The Medupi Power Station is believed as the global largest dry- cooled coal-fired power station with six boilers each powering 800 MW turbine, producing 4,800 MW of power.
Construction started in 2007 with an investment of at least 100 billion rands ($11 billion).
The pressure test aimed at ensuring that the boiler could be fully operated towards generating electricity for the national grid.
The president said he was satisfied with the progress made with the project. "We might not satisfy every need on the same day, but we are doing the right thing with regards to infrastructure that will create enough jobs."
"The projects such as Medupi have demonstrated that the infrastructure plans will change the lives of people in very practical terms," he said.
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