Posts tagged as Loadshedding

Power ships: a real solution to South Africa’s short-term energy needs

  A set of cost-effective privately owned and operated floating power stations, moored at a number of South African harbours, would provide much needed electricity to the country and would remove the need for most of the loadshedding currently being experienced. These floating power stations are known as power ships (Fig. 1).     Having […]

Eskom predicts more loadshedding

  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 […]

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 […]

Energize Inbox, Jan/Feb 2015

re: Loadshedding and the cost of unserved energy Sir If one were to ask an iron and steel factory whether if it would be prepared to pay 50% more for reliable power versus a blackout, what would its answer be? Similarly, how would a country or national economy respond to this question? The answer to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Electricity shortage is not a crisis

  Following a week of severe load shedding, which threw residential, commercial and industrial consumers into a panic, Tshediso Matona, Eskom’s chief executive, said that although the system is “living on the edge”, the electricity shortage is not a crisis but a challenge to the utility. Matona was speaking at a media briefing on 8 […]

Further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi announced by Eskom

  At its interim financial results presentation for the period 1 April to 30 September 2014, which was held on 25 November 2014, Eskom announced further delays in first synchronisation of Unit 6 (the first generation unit to be synchronised to the grid) at Medupi power station. The project team at Eskom and the minister […]