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South Africa's Newest Power Plants Lead to Latest Blackouts

  • Units at Medupi and Kusile stations tripped early Thursday
  • Eskom forced to implement electricity rationing after outages
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The latest plants built by South Africa’s financially strapped power utility experienced outages on Thursday that led to ongoing electricity cuts.

The Medupi and Kusile coal-fired stations, both unfinished and behind schedule, had units trip, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s acting head of generation Andrew Etzinger said in a response to questions. Eskom said Thursday afternoon it will increase cuts to 2,000 megawatts from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time.