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General Electric wins £43.7M Medupi contract

General Electric (GE) has won a 500M rand (£43.7M) contract to help build the Medupi power station in South Africa.

GE won the contract for the engineering, design, manufacture and installation of low-voltage switchgear at the dry-cooled coal fired power station being built by state-owned Eskom in near Lephalale, in Limpopo province.

The first GE equipment will be delivered to the Medupi site towards the end of 2010, continuing into 2011 as the units are required.

When completed, the Medupi power station will be the largest dry-cooled fired power station in the world, with six boilers each powering an 800MW turbine, producing 4800MW of power. It has a projected lifespan of 50 years.

Work commenced on the project in 2007 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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