Posts tagged as Eskom

Energy efficiency winners display innovation

  For the past 25 years, the Eskom eta Awards have been recognising and rewarding excellence in energy efficiency. This year the standard of entries shows that energy efficiency and the green movement have entered the mainstream and make business sense. The awards encourage entries across a variety of spectrums, including the commercial, industrial, residential, […]

How Telkom is the analogue of Eskom

  It is hard not to be depressed about Eskom. The utility is not just another state-owned enterprise (SOE) in perpetual crisis; it is far more important than that. It represents almost our entire electricity system. Electricity is the foundation of our economy and frankly, the foundation of our broader society. If SAA doesn’t work, use […]

Losses put Eskom’s sustainability at risk

  Eskom predicts that it will post a net loss of R8,8-billion for the six month period from September 2014. This loss will virtually wipe out the utility’s R9,3-billion profit by 31 March 2015, undermine the utility’s capex and opex budgets, and put the utility’s sustainability at risk. Speaking at Eskom’s interim financial results presentation on […]

Delay in first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi likely

  At a briefing by Eskom’s Medupi project manager, Roman Crookes, and the head of capital projects, Dan Morakane, it was indicated that a further delay in the first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi power station is increasingly likely, and that the minister of Public Enterprises and other key stakeholders were being informed of […]

Protection equipment will prevent a blackout

  Robbie van Heerden, the general manager of Eskom’s transmission system, says that, to assist in preventing a system collapse due to the integration of the new power stations, ageing infrastructure must be replaced with newer equipment which will operate more reliably as a result of better communication techniques and faster protection responses. Delivering the keynote […]

Medupi’s ash conveyor commissioned

  Medupi’s overland ash conveyor was successfully commissioned and operated from the DCS for the first time. The ash overland conveyor will transport the boiler bottom ash via the Unit 6 coarse ash, transverse ash and the overland link conveyor which includes the fly ash from the pulse jet fabric filter plant and ash conditioning plant, to the […]

Majuba output continues to increase

  The latest news from Eskom is that its Majuba power station’s output has increased to 1900 MW. Majuba suffered the collapse of one of its three coal silos on 1 November 2014, and the utility reduced the station’s output to 600 MW. Since then, Eskom has managed to increase the station’s output progressively to its […]

Majuba doubles its output after disaster

  Eskom reports that it has increased the power output from Majuba power station from 600 to 1200 MW.  The additional power has assisted with the management of water levels at its Drakensberg and Palmiet pumped water schemes which are used as peak demand stations, and has saved the country from load shedding. The utility […]

Silo’s structural problems brought to Eskom’s attention long ago – Solidarity

  Since January, Eskom has been aware of structural problems of the silo which collapsed at its Majuba power station the day before yesterday, trade union Solidarity said today. Solidarity blames Eskom for not having addressed the issue, accusing the company of negligence. Solidarity has learnt that Eskom workers had been monitoring resonances at the […]