Posts tagged as Medupi

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 […]

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is said to be five years, with a […]

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 […]

Understanding the cost of electricity from Medupi, Kusile and IPPs

  In order to understand and compare the cost of electricity from a power plant, whether it is coal-fired, nuclear, hydro, gas, wind or solar, one needs to look further than simply the capital, fuel or operating and maintenance costs in isolation, to a concept known as the “levelised cost of electricity” over the lifetime […]

Massive cost and time overruns at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

  Besides the financial results themselves for Eskom’s financial year ending 31 March 2016, perhaps the most important new information to come out at the media briefing at Megawatt Park on 5 July 2016, was Eskom’s latest estimate of the overnight capital costs, or cost to completion (CTC), for its Medupi and Kusile power stations. […]

Local community benefits from new power station

  Eskom will be investing about R5-million to refurbish the Marapong Community Health Centre facilities in the Lephalale Local Municipality in Limpopo. In August 2007 when construction of Medupi started the power utility agreed to not only build the Medupi power plant, but also to improve the lives of the communities in its footprint. The […]