Posts tagged as Eskom

Eskom’s reserve margin wiped out as Duvha boiler fails

  A leak in a boiler pipe at Eskom’s Duvha power station on 30 March 2014 has resulted in the loss one of its 600 MW generators. This is the same power station which suffered a conveyor belt failure in December 2013, depriving the boilers of coal, with a subsequent loss of generation output, which forced […]

Electricity problems converge as the outgoing Eskom CEO departs

We bid farewell to Brian Dames, the outgoing CEO of Eskom, after his last day at the utility yesterday. With the earlier departure of former Eskom financial director, Paul O’Flaherty, and head of communications, Hilary Joffe, this signals the end of an era – short though it was, at about four years. While Dames’ departure […]

In conversation with Eskom’s Prince Moyo

by Roger Lilley, editor Energize spoke to Prince Moyo, the general manager for power delivery engineering at Eskom about the utility’s ageing generation fleet, about his opinion regarding the feasibility, and pros and cons, of power station refurbishment versus new build. As we enter the second quarter of 2014, the fulfillment of the promise of […]

Eskom announces acting CEO

  Eskom has appointed Collin Matjila as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1 April 2014. The former CEO, Brian Dames, left the company on 31 March 2014, after a career spanning 26 years. The new acting CEO, Matjila, is currently a member of the Eskom board and is the former chairman of […]

Eskom’s chickens coming home to roost

Eskom been downplaying and minimising the possibility of load shedding since the blackouts of 2008. Only a week ago, Eskom CEO Brian Dames told the assembled media that Eskom had the power system in South Africa fully under control. Yesterday, however, Eskom pulled the plug on the country and commenced with rotational load-shedding of domestic, […]

Grid risks associated with wind generation

  by Terry Mackenzie-Hoy, University of Witwatersrand What happens in dealing with the intermittent input from wind turbines? It is not too much of a problem at present with the relatively small wind generation programme planned. Beyond that, there could be problems. Potentially one has an unpredictable power swings of about 1485 MW (wind) and predicable […]

Award for 3D modeling of Kusile power station

Eskom’s Kusile power station, which is currently under construction near Emalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga province, has been awarded first prize in the 2013 Be Inspired competition, in the Innovation in Power Generation category for the innovative development and use of a 3D Plant Operating & Maintenance (O&M) Simulator. The O&M Simulator was created on 3D-Pact […]