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Eskom makes progress on maintenance

2012-02-03 11:55

Johannesburg - Eskom is making progress with its planned maintenance programme but the supply system remains tight, the parastatal said on Friday.

The power supply capacity to meet Friday evening's peak demand was 32 513 megawatts (MW), more than the forecast 30 715 MW, Eskom said.

It said current planned maintenance stood at 4 845 MW and unplanned outages were 5 639 MW.

Peak demand for the rest of the week was forecast at: 29 385 MW on Saturday, 29 104 MW on Sunday, 31 337 MW on Monday, 31 376 MW on Tuesday, 31 454 MW on Wednesday, and 31 265 MW on Thursday.

"We urge all South Africans to partner with us to keep the lights on and save 10% of their electricity usage.

"This will make it significantly easier to manage the power system during this challenging time, while also enabling us to do planned maintenance to ensure the reliability of our plant."

Eskom said it would release a power supply update twice a week to keep citizens informed.

 

Comments
  • Hendrik - 2012-02-03 14:01

    I am actaully getting rather cheesed off with Eskom's tactics of trying to scare the pants of the public. That is not where major electricity savings will come from. Most households use only the bare minimum because of the inflated prices. REAL savings could come from major industries operating more efficiently and certainly pinning SANRAL and their associates to the wall. All overhead lights on the ring road system around JHB are on 24/7 for months on end now. If SANRAL can not switch them on and off perhaps ESKOM could assist them with a simple timer switch on their main feed. Or a daylight sensor. BIG WASTE, leave the homeowners alone please ESKOM.

  • Tim - 2012-02-17 11:42

    YOU DONT HAVE A BLOODY PROBLEM IF THE STREET LIGHTS WEREN'T ON 24 BLOODY HOURS A DAY YOU TWITS!

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