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New push to build Medupi after strikes, delays

The recent ten-week strike at the Medupi coal power project is just the latest in a series of disputes at the site. With problems identified with welding and control system software, Eskom and the government have no margin for error if they are to avoid load-shedding at the end of the year, writes Dan Marks. The South African government, Eskom and contractors are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the first 800MW unit of the giant 4,764MW Medupi coal-fired power plant begins commissioning in December 2013, with the spectre of 2008’s blackouts looming over events. An outline for negotiations for a new project labour agreement (PLA), the overarching framework governing labour relations at the site, is being drawn up.

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