Posts tagged as Eskom

Eskom’s boiler contractor at Medupi and Kusile defends its reputation

  Eskom’s boiler works contractor at Medupi and Kusile has moved to defend its reputation, and to clarify its position in respect of any perceived non-performances in meeting its contractual obligations to deliver steam of the right cleanliness, speed, temperature, pressure and mass flow-rate to the turbines at the power station construction sites. At a […]

Eskom’s management not attending World Economic Forum

  Eskom has withdrawn its participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2015 event in Davos, Switzerland.  The utility’s CE, Tshediso Matona’s attendance had already been cancelled on 9 January 2015 at his own discretion – prior to questions being asked about Eskom’s attendance at Davos.  At that time, only the Chairman, Zola Tsotsi, and […]

Farewell to cheap electricity

  Cheap and abundant electricity supplied by the state-owned power utility Eskom was the underlying assumption of almost all South Africans for over a generation. This assumption, over the long term, as we now are seeing, is a faulty one and if the country is to get through its present crisis, then it will have […]

Actions needed to alleviate power supply constraints

  Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has established a bilateral working group with Government, Eskom and other stakeholders, including BUSA members and other business organisations active in the energy sector. The working group has identified a range of actions that should be considered to alleviate the current untenable supply constraints following two meetings with Government […]

No end in sight for electricity woes

  It’s not whether there will be loadshedding, says Eskom, but how the utility will manage it. Tshediso Matona, the utility’s chief executive, who last December said that there is no crisis at Eskom, says that ongoing loadshedding is inevitable. Speaking at Eskom’s quarterly state of the system media briefing on Thursday 15 January, Matona said […]

Eskom hands SWH rebate programme over to DoE

  Eskom has announced that, as of 8 December 2014, Eskom and DoE have agreed that the future implementation, funding and management of the solar water heating programme (both high and low pressure) will be managed by the Department of Energy (DoE). Eskom will process rebate claims for high pressure systems installed on or before 31 […]

New technical problems at Medupi place South Africa at risk

  New technical problems arising during the commissioning of Unit 6, the first of six 800 MW generation units at Eskom’s Medupi power station, may be placing South Africa’s electricity supply at risk. These problems have made it impossible for Eskom to conduct blow-through testing of the first Hitachi boiler at Medupi at the steam […]

2015: New era or dark future?

  Without getting into any arguments about how the start and finish of decades are calculated, I will state that we are now just past the halfway mark of the 2010s decade. 2015 seems to be a good target year for achieving goals by many programmes, in fact the whole decade seems to have been […]

Security of electricity supply in South Africa

  A confidential report to the Department of Public Enterprises, dated July 2006, on security of electricity supply in South Africa, written by Duncan Wilson and Ivan Adams, has come to the attention of EE Publishers. Although marked confidential, the report has some historical significance, having been submitted some 18 months prior to the loadsheedding […]

Eskom’s former maintenance policies described as “pure madness”

  Dear Editor I write this letter as a former Eskom executive to provide some insights from the past into the problems facing Eskom today. Eskom’s previously effective maintenance policy was dramatically adversely affected by a change during the chairmanship of Dr. John Maree, who, against opposition from some executives, introduced a unique new approach […]