Posts tagged as Eskom

Eskom suspends executives ahead of independent inquiry

  Eskom’s chief executive, Tshediso Matona, together with three other executives, has been suspended while an independent inquiry is held into the operations of the utility. This was announced by Zola Tsotsi, the utility’s chairman at a hastily assembled press briefing on 12 March 2015. Matona is a recent appointee, having taken up his position on […]

No power equals no water

  A general power blackout would affect the entire nation for anywhere between one and three weeks. This is because getting generators going again requires careful synchronisation and is a very slow process. Moreover, Eskom has no experience of handling this. Imagine one, two or three weeks without electricity! Forget about the inconvenience to your […]

Medupi power station synchronises to the grid

  Eskom has announced that Unit 6 of the Medupi power station was synchronised to the national power grid at 11h03 on 2 March 2015. Synchronisation, or first power, is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid, in such a way that its power is aligned […]

Largest CSP power plant in Africa goes online

Ebrahim Patel, the minister of economic development, inaugurated the 100 MW KaXu parabolic trough type concentrating solar power (CSP) power plant near the town of Pofadder in the Northern Cape on 2 March 2015. The plant, which occupies 300 hectares of land in the Khâi-ma municipal district, was built by Abengoa, and financed by the […]

Power station’s gas cleaning systems upgraded

  Eskom has awarded ACTOM John Thompson a multi-million rand contract to retrofit the gas-cleaning systems for three generation units at the utility’s Grootvlei power station near Balfour in Mpumalanga. The contract, due for completion in April 2016, involves replacing the electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) on Units 2, 3 and 4 with custom-designed pulse jet fabric […]

Minister: Eskom is achieving important milestones

  In a speech delivered at the recent State of the Nation Address debate, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that Eskom has stopped its practice of keeping the lights on at the cost of increased wear and tear on equipment at its power stations, and is following its preventative maintenance schedules “to […]

South Africa “does not have a shortage of generation capacity”

  South Africa does not have a shortage of generation capacity, says the Department of Energy, but a shortage of available generation capacity. Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the minister of energy at the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton on 17 February 2015, Dr. Wolsey Barnard, the department’s acting director general, said that […]