Electricity supply situation

February 11th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize

 

The circumstances that resulted in Eskom declaring a system emergency on 20 November 2013 continue to cause the system to be severely constrained. Although the company continues to assure the public that it has sufficient generating capacity, it is well known that the utility regularly relies on its open cycle gas turbines to meet demand. While Eskom has continued with its targeted high level of planned maintenance, it is understood that the level of unplanned maintenance has risen to around 6500 MW on a regular basis. In fact, the utility recently advised that the power system will remain tight until new generating capacity comes on stream and essential generation maintenance is done, and calls on everyone to reduce their electricity demand under the banner of “living lightly”. The utility publishes a regular weekly series of updates of the power system on its website.

Contact Peter Fowles, AMEU, Tel 033 396-9241, pf15@mweb.co.za

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