Posts tagged as load shedding

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 […]

No more load-shedding?

According to the minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, Eskom has committed itself to keeping the lights on this winter by adding additional generating units to the grid and limiting the amount of generating capacity lost to unplanned outages. Speaking to a large media contingent at a hurriedly arranged media briefing at the Lethabo power […]

Meeting the challenge of loadshedding

Cummins says it has a full range of alternative power solutions available, from a small 17 kVA genset for residential or commercial use, all the way to a 3750 kVA unit for industrial applications. In addition, its energy-efficient engines not only comply with international emission standards, but also have a high fuel tolerance level, which […]

Is Eskom-controlled load-shedding the best way of balancing electrical supply and demand?

After a life-time of self-imposed exile, providing consultancy services to utilities and government institutions around the world, and occasionally re-visiting South Africa, I detected a noticeable improvement in mood. People are happy and content; business confidence and international co-operation is up. Had South Africa turned the corner? Anything was better than the shambles of Brexit. […]

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. […]

Eskom is unsustainable in its present form

Eskom’s road to sustainability will be long, hard and painful. The power utility is facing severe challenges financially and operationally. The risk of load shedding in the coming months remains fairly high; the cost of keeping the lights on will further impact financial performance; and tough decisions are necessary to achieve full recovery. That’s the […]

Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

No load-shedding this winter, says Eskom – but can we be sure?

The power utility’s interim group chief executive has assured the public that the organisation is committed to keeping the lights on this winter, despite low coal stockpiles at six of its power stations, by shifting plant performance and coal stock between power stations. At a media briefing at Eskom’s Megawatt Park complex, the power utility’s […]

Eskom to announce coal recovery plan to address imbalance in coal stock levels

The challenge of coal stock levels below the required target of 20 days at seven of Eskom’s power stations is not ideal, more especially as the power utility prepares for the traditionally higher electricity usage period in winter. The organisation has, however, put measures in place to address the current coal shortages. Eskom says it […]