Video: Brian Dames says Eskom has full control of SA’s power system

February 25th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


by Roger Lilley, editor

Addressing the media regarding the state of the system, Eskom’s chief executive, Brian Dames, said that last week’s emergency was caused by the loss of about half of the electricity it usually receives from the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric scheme in Mozambique.

This shortfall brought an already tight supply system dangerously close to failure. Despite that, Eskom remains in control of the power system and will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent a system collapse. These steps will include calls for reduction of power demand and more generation from independent power producers. Dames confirmed that Medupi power station is on track and that it will start to supply electricity to the grid during the second half of 2014, more than doubling the reserve margin. He said that the system will remain tight in the coming winter months and that more calls for power reduction can be expected. Dames, who leaves Eskom on 31 March 2014, said that the utility appreciates the cooperation it receives from industry and the public at large, and that this cooperation will help the utility to keep the lights on.


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