Posts tagged as Kusile

Eskom’s big blunder: How poor decisions and corruption caused load-shedding

South Africa is in the midst of an electricity crisis, which is curiously the result of plans by Eskom to prevent this exact scenario from happening. Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland explained that Eskom was faced with two choices a few years ago: Spend money on maintenance of old power plants to […]

Why South Africa’s energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It’s the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former minister of finance. Wits Business School’s Adjunct Prof. Rod Crompton explains why this is the case and what can be done. […]

New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance and energy availability factor

. New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor (EAF) are making themselves felt at Medupi, Kusile and a number of other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties. It has been established that Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) has been unable to pay […]

BRICS nations discuss energy for the future

At a time when the international energy sector is discussing new low-cost generation technologies based on clean, sustainable primary energy sources, some BRICS member countries are negotiating loans to build coal-fired power stations. The 2018 BRICS Business Council Energy Event 2018 was themed “Energy transition 4.0”, and hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) conference […]

Eskom should curtail Kusile construction, decommission older coal-fired power stations to save costs

New research shows that Eskom should decommission its older coal-fired power stations and consider curtailing the Kusile construction programme to save costs. These interventions can be achieved without affecting security of supply. The study, “Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa: Implications for Kusile and the older coal-fired power stations” […]

Efficiency and environmental protection in coal-fired power stations

  The installation of a number of induced-draft (ID) fans ensure efficient and reliable operation at South Africa’s new large-scale coal-fired power plants, Medupi and Kusile. Ageing infrastructure and a lack of new power stations led to a steady reduction in reserve capacity in the South African electrical power grid, which led to forced shut […]

Energize Inbox, August 2016

Our winning letter re: Renewable energy is an uneconomical source of energy Sir I think the CEO of Eskom has accurately described the renewable situation. Certain renewables, primarily wind and solar  are in reality uneconomic as major baseload power suitable for industry and the all-important manufacturing and mining industries. In essence they are a failed […]