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Power systems on the mend - Eskom

2012-01-12 10:48

Johannesburg - The performance of SA's power system has improved since Monday, electricity parastatal Eskom said on Thursday, in the first of a regular weekly series of updates.

The updates, Eskom added, would build on the quarterly state of the system briefings which it began in January last year.

"This is in line with Eskom's commitment to transparent and regular communication on the power system, which is expected to be constrained for at least the next two years.

"We have been saying since late 2009 that the system would be tight in 2011 and that 2012 would be a particularly challenging year."

Eskom said it continued to be on alert and the new weekly bulletin was designed to keep all stakeholders up to date on developments in the supply and demand of power in SA.

"The quarterly briefings will also continue, with the first session for 2012 scheduled to take place later this month."

Eskom said that today, Thursday January 12, the capacity available to meet this evening's peak demand was 34 618 Mega Watts (MW) while demand was forecast at 31 168 MW.

Current planned maintenance stood at 4 461 MW. Unplanned outages were seen at 3 678 MW.

Yesterday, Wednesday January 11, peak demand of 31 108 MW was met by available capacity of 32 601 MW.

On Monday, January 10, peak demand of 30 282 MW had been met by available capacity of 30 742 MW.

"Peak demand forecast for the rest of this week is forecast at 31 303 MW on Friday, 29 762 MW on Saturday and 29 205 MW on Sunday," Eskom noted.

During the course of Wednesday, supply from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique (1 500 MW) had been lost for approximately two hours.

"Although supply was restored the system remains constrained and customers are reminded to use electricity as efficiently as possible.

"We urge all South Africans to partner with us to keep the lights on. If all our customers can save 10% off their electricity usage, this will make it significantly easier to manage the power system during this challenging time," Eskom said.

 

Comments
  • eduardhomes - 2012-01-12 11:01

    i am not staying in SA, but read a lot of stories about the power failures....when was the last one.....must be a long time ago, if ESKOM makes a statement like this!!!

      Roland - 2012-01-12 12:15

      The power was down in Cape Town's Northern Suburbs (Parow region) for an hour and a half this morning. This is however not a very regular occurance, like 3/4 times per year for this area.

      Roland - 2012-01-12 14:26

      The power was down in Cape Town's Northern Suburbs (Parow region) for an hour and a half this morning. This is however not a very regular occurance, like 3/4 times per year for this area.

  • Mallyg - 2012-01-12 11:07

    Manage your business like the rest of us have to do.

  • Dane - 2012-01-12 11:14

    How about we stop supplying Zim power so we can handle our own needs...............Bob needs to make another plan for his failed country!!

  • 100002952699306 - 2012-01-12 11:56

    what is eskom up to again!!!! We are not going to pay you any more exhorbitant escalations. RUN YOUR BUSINESS PROPERLY LIKE WE HAVE TO!!

  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-12 11:56

    GO SOLAR!! GIVE MORE SOLAR PANEL/ SOLAR GEYSERS/ SOLAR CHARGERS/ SOLAR FRIDGES AND WIND UP LANTERNS TO PEOPLE... MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM FUNDING.

  • AnakinStealth - 2012-01-12 13:13

    "If all our customers can save 10% off their electricity usage, this will make it significantly easier to manage the power system during this challenging time.." Uum, WHICH customers exactly?? Have the aliminium-smelters brigade cut back on their consumption AS WELL? And exactly how much c/kw do they pay while the system is running way too close to it's current online capacity? ["Wednesday January 11, peak demand of 31 108 MW was met by available capacity of 32 601 MW"]- 95.42%.The playing field is still very far from level & Eskom still has too many secrets. For eg. can ESKOM cut back a bit on the export-component, that will also help...oops sorry ...it's also a state-secret...again.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-01-12 13:21

    As clear as mud. One day we're going to have the possibility of black-outs again, and now things are suddenly looking good. Somone found a container with spare electricity lying around doing nothing? Amazing stuff - only in S.A.

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