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Major South African coal plant fires back up as officials aim to ease mass power outages

South African officials are hoping that the gradual recovery of one of the country’s biggest coal-fired power stations will reduce crippling power blackouts.

At least two units at the Kusile power station have been restored in the last three weeks, adding 1,600 megawatts to the national grid and reducing the rolling power blackouts, which can last up to 12 hours a day.

The units have been out of service since they broke down in October last year, contributing significantly to the blackouts, known in South Africa as loadshedding.

The country has also launched a program to secure additional electricity from neighboring countries.

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