Eskom predicts more loadshedding

April 10th, 2015, Published in Articles: Energize


Anticipated electricity demand vs availability

Anticipated electricity demand vs availability (source: Eskom)

Eskom reports that the electricity system is significantly constrained and that demand between 10 to 15 April 2015 is expected to exceed available supply. This means that the risk of load shedding is very high. The power utility, which shed five of its senior executives including its chief executive and non-executive chairman, is to undergo an independent commission of inquiry (internal investigation) as to the cost of primary energy sources, coal and diesel fuel. In the meantime, workers at the new power station, Medupi, are staging a stay-away, with Eskom reporting that less than a quarter of its staff turned up for work. The war room, under Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s deputy president, is yet to advise the public on its plans to prevent further load shedding which is hurting the country’s fragile economy. Eskom’s website reports that its programme of planned maintenance is continuing. The capacity available to meet demand depends on the number of generating units which are unavailable for planned and unplanned maintenance.

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