Posts tagged as Eskom

Eskom shake-up on the cards…

  Shortly after new minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, read Eskom Generation the riot act at the 2014 Eskom financial results presentation on 11 July 2014, there are signs that a significant shake-up is on the cards at Eskom. Mike Rossouw, former general manager engineering at Richards Bay Minerals, group executive strategy and risk […]

Strike reduces staff by 30% at new build projects

  Eskom’s new build projects (Medupi, Kusile and Ingula) are being delayed again – this time by the NUMSA metal workers’ strike. The utility reports that attendance by contracting workers at its new build power station construction sites is at about 70% of normal levels due to the strike, and that work is therefore affected […]

Video: Minister tells Eskom to “do something extraordinary”

  Speaking at the utility’s integrated results announcement meeting on 11 July 2014, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises said that the utility needs to improve its performance by thinking outside the box and doing something extraordinary. Eskom has reported a net profit of R7,1-billion for the year ended 31 March 2014 (which includes profit on […]

Cigré SC A2: Power transformers and reactors – fire safety

  A failure of a transformer does not always cause a fire, however, if this does happen the consequences can be very severe. The extent of the damage may even cascade to the adjacent plant. Cigré Study Committee (SC) A2 initiated a working group (WG A2.33) which looked at transformer fire safety and compiled a […]

Owning our energy future

  At a recent conference in Cape Town I was asked to address the load shedding of 6 March this year and the dire consequences for the South African economy and investor confidence. My response was that there are two ways we can view the South African power sector. On the one hand you could […]

Pumped storage scheme’s HV yard successfully energised

  Eskom successfully energised the high voltage (HV) yard and three power lines at the Ingula pumped storage scheme in June 2014. The project is currently under construction near Ladysmith on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. The Ingula pumped-storage scheme, located within the Little Drakensberg mountain range, 23 km north-east of Van Reenen’s, […]

2014 Southern African power system protection conference

  The Southern African power system protection conference, which is held once every two years, provides a forum for discussion within the power system protection and related discipline industries; creates an opportunity for valuable exchanges of international ideas and experience; enhances the technological knowledge base of attendees; and engenders enthusiasm and stimulates interest in the […]

Quantifying the benefit of network visibility on overhead MV lines

  This paper uses the simplified network reliability framework developed by Eskom to examine the high-level economic benefits of network visibility options. The relative economic benefit of different network visibility options and the order of their deployment is analysed. Eskom supplies over 4,7-million customers on more than 8000 MV feeders (i.e. 6 – 33 kV) […]

Implementation of phasor measurement technology at Eskom

  The modern era of power delivery is faced with many challenges due to decreased reserves, increased use of renewable generation, flexible alternating current transmission system (FACTS) devices, and changes in customer/load behaviour. In order to manage the risks introduced by these challenges, it is important to have near real time visibility of the health […]