Eskom’s Power System Is Solid And Power Utility Is Improving

Power utility, Eskom has promised no load shedding this year.

The power utility says there be will be no load shedding for the 2016 winter and summer season.

Speaking to the media in Cape Town EskomCEO Brian Molefe says energy availability has increased from 70% in October 2015 to 76% in April this year.

It also added an additional 3 279 MW into the national grid through Medupi and has decreased machine breakdowns.

The parastatal says it is facing some challenges as it currently has to add an additional 11 000 MW between 2am to 6pm this winter where demand is starting to peak.

Molefe says: “Demand for electricity increases from about 2am (22 000 MW) and 6pm (34 000 MW) after 6pm demand for power drops drastically.”

Molefe says Eskom’s electricity sales have been successful particularly to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

Molefe says: “We are selling electricity at a cost of R3 million to countries in the Southern African region. Demand for electricity varies and when demand for power decreases we then shut down some of the machines.”

Molefe says the power utility will continue to use diesel despite the high costs.

“The use of diesel has decreased as a result of improved generation availability. The costs have reduced from R854 million in October to R25 million in April. The usage of diesel may increase if we experience problems with plant breakdowns. But we think that there is an option available to us and we will make sure that if we really, really have to switch them on to avoid load shedding the diesel will be available. It will come at a cost but we think it’s a cost we will absorb.”

Eskom which is battling electricity shortage was forced to implement electricity blackouts in the first half of last year.

This affected economic activity but power supply for the utility has gradually been improving.





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