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Eskom warns public to brace for power cuts for the next 10 months

Eskom warns public to brace for power cuts for the next 10 months

2021-10-26 12:04:00 PM

Eskom warns public to brace for power cuts for the next 10 months

Eskom has warned the public to brace for more power cuts for the next 10 months as the capacity outlook for the period ending August 2022 showed that the power system would remain constrained.

It is not clear how soon the 2 000MW of emergency additional power commissioned by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will come into the grid.Eskom group executive for generation Phillip Dukashe said a key contributor to the low EAF was high levels of planned maintenance over the summer months.

Since September, Eskom has increased its planned maintenance programme to an average 5 500MW of capacity, almost double the average maintenance carried out in the same period in September 2019 to April 2020.Dukashe said the recent high levels of unplanned outages was a concern, but Eskom would continue to drive its reliability maintenance recovery programme.

“Generation plant performance is still unreliable and unpredictable, but improvement initiatives are being driven hard to get to acceptable levels,” Dukashe said.“We need to ensure system stability and to meet demand a minimum 4 000MW of additional generating capacity is critical.

“This will ensure the space for generation to continue with the planned reliability maintenance and refurbishment programme, and that the operational recovery is timeously funded and resourced to enable maximum readiness to execute successfully.”Due to the system constraints, Eskom said it had used more than the anticipated levels of diesel for its Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs), spending at least R2.5 billion so far to keep the lights on.

Eskom chief operations officer Jan Oberholzer said the utility would be required to extensively use the OCGTs to either avert loadshedding or to reduce the magnitude thereof.Oberholzer conceded that load shedding carries a significant damaging effect to the economy.

“We are aware that the increased maintenance does elevate the probability of loadshedding in the short term, but this is necessary to improve the future performance of the generation fleet,” Oberholzer said. Read more: IOL News »

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Are they lining their pockets. Ask ANC to bail them out. Citizens are GATVOL with this. Before the ANC ruined everything handed over on a platter to them. But the anc promised they will sort it out! What now? More lies! We've been living with Loadshedding for the past 13 years and to date they havent fixed anything. The corupption within the ESKOM is getting worse and the ANC just keeps on making promises. Switch off all power on voting day. Let see how quickly the MYANC sorts out their SOE!

Imagine being a CEO of a company that boasts in power cuts. How useless can you be to inform people of such? This basically means that taxpayers are paying millions to people to find a solution, or an end to power cuts but they don't know how to do it. Oh God 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 aiii Give me level 5 rather 🤦‍♂️

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