Posts tagged as Eskom

2015: New era or dark future?

  Without getting into any arguments about how the start and finish of decades are calculated, I will state that we are now just past the halfway mark of the 2010s decade. 2015 seems to be a good target year for achieving goals by many programmes, in fact the whole decade seems to have been […]

Security of electricity supply in South Africa

  A confidential report to the Department of Public Enterprises, dated July 2006, on security of electricity supply in South Africa, written by Duncan Wilson and Ivan Adams, has come to the attention of EE Publishers. Although marked confidential, the report has some historical significance, having been submitted some 18 months prior to the loadsheedding […]

Eskom’s former maintenance policies described as “pure madness”

  Dear Editor I write this letter as a former Eskom executive to provide some insights from the past into the problems facing Eskom today. Eskom’s previously effective maintenance policy was dramatically adversely affected by a change during the chairmanship of Dr. John Maree, who, against opposition from some executives, introduced a unique new approach […]

Recommendations to address the generation capacity “crisis” in SA

  The 2014 electricity blackouts in have brought into stark relief the failure by government, the Department of Energy, the Department of Public Enterprises, Eskom and municipalities to provide an adequate and sustainable electricity supply to meet the growing needs of the country, the economy and its people. The 1998 Government White Paper on Energy […]

Electricity shortage is not a crisis

  Following a week of severe load shedding, which threw residential, commercial and industrial consumers into a panic, Tshediso Matona, Eskom’s chief executive, said that although the system is “living on the edge”, the electricity shortage is not a crisis but a challenge to the utility. Matona was speaking at a media briefing on 8 […]

The Jacob Marley column: A good credit rating

  Sir This time of the year, as everything winds down (except load-shedding), as old cracks become jokes and rains traditionally flood coal stockpiles (but water remains in short supply), while rock painted black is peddled as coal, when water seeps into cable casings and maintenance and – particularly – catering budgets, are overstretched, is […]

Further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi announced by Eskom

  At its interim financial results presentation for the period 1 April to 30 September 2014, which was held on 25 November 2014, Eskom announced further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 (the first generation unit to be synchronised to the grid) at Medupi power station. The project team at Eskom and the minister […]

Wind farm adds power to the grid

  Cookhouse Wind Farm, recently completed all required performance tests and grid compliance to reach commercial operations, making it the first project in round 1 of the REIPPP programme to connect to the transmission network.  Located near the town of Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape, the farm has 66, 80 m tall turbines, with a […]

IESSA president’s year-end message

  I look over my shoulder and wonder where 2014 has gone. IESSA has been working hard to recruit new members and to complete a number of standards and guides for the industry, which will be published by SANS soon. The branch committees and the PR Committee have done well by holding many interesting meetings […]