Eskom's power capacity improves

2012-01-16 17:17

Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom said on Monday that SA's power capacity has improved this week.

It said this in the second of its regular weekly updates, meant to provide information on the power system which is expected to be constrained for at least the next two years.

The capacity available to meet Monday's peak demand is 33 776 Megawatt (MW). This includes open cycle gas turbines, which use expensive diesel and are normally used only in emergencies, while demand is forecast at 31 781 MW. Current planned maintenance stands at 4 661 MW. Unplanned outages are 4 274 MW.

Last Monday, peak demand of 30 282 MW was met by available capacity of only 30 742 MW. By Thursday capacity available had improved to 34 618 MW, with planned maintenance outages at 4 461 MW. Unplanned outages were at 3 678 MW.

During the course of Wednesday last week, supply from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique (1 500 MW) was lost for about two hours.

Peak demand for the rest of this week is forecast at: 31 825 MW on Tuesday, 32 024 MW on Wednesday, 32 111 MW on Thursday, 32 015 MW on Friday, 29 933 MW on Saturday, and 29 475 MW on Sunday.

Eskom said it continues to make progress with its programme of planned maintenance. The performance of its power stations has improved since last week, but the system remains tight and users are urged to save 10% of their normal demand.

"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.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-16 17:36

    18 years after the end of Apartheid, with 25% increases of the last 2 years and more in store, with executives and senior management taking home fat bonus's while service deliver remains none existent to dismal, EishKOM has a cheek expecting anyone to partner with them for anything. The current situation with all of its energy saving and black outs will continuer for the next 10 to 20 years at least, time for ESKOM to either ante up or fold, we as a society can no longer afford to subsidize the luxury lifestyles of the men at the top while not even receiving basic services in return. Eishkom appears to be little more than an ANC money making racket, one of many I might add.

  • 100003109694680 - 2012-01-16 17:54

    I would like to know if Eskom has finally caused the problem farmers to be arrested.

  • cobus123456 - 2012-01-16 18:03

    25% increases is actually not right it is more. If you take in consideration block tariffs then you pay nearly double what you are supposed too. And I would like to know if I can sue Eskom for theft as I have a prepaid box and pay my electricity before I use it. If they then can not supply then they are stealing from me???

  • 100003082273145 - 2012-01-16 20:22

    Ironically, another case of BBBEE screwing the poor Although the quantity of previously disadvantaged engineers have risen lately, the percentages of new graduates still don't match that of the general population. Since Eskom (& municipalities) are forced to achieve BEE targets, the only way to attract PD engineers is thus to offer salaries way in excess of those of the private sector. And in return, the private sector raises their offers too since they're also bound by the BEE rules. Increases ad infinitum. And everybody ends up paying for it

  • 100000281041939 - 2012-01-17 06:41

    So we all save 10% and Eskom is on cloud nine. This means there is theoretically a hard to come by 10% floating on the entire system doing nothing. This surplus will be grabbed by mining and industry and we, the domestic user will again receive snotty calls on television to curb our use of electricity. The South African consumer is nothing more than a milch-cow to put the niceties on the tables of the Eskom management.

  • David - 2012-01-17 07:29

    We all save the requested 10% and Eskom will put up their tarrifs by 10% to reclaim the lost revenue?

  • Chronoman - 2012-01-17 07:57

    The power capacity probably improved because someone realized they should replenish their coal reserves for a change.

  • Ernst - 2012-01-17 17:49

    The easiest and cheapest way to save 20% electricity without affecting your lifestyle at all is to fit an eco shower head. Uses 50% less water and by implication 50% electricity to heat the geyser after a shower, Eskom says we use 39% of our household electricity to heat water for showers. There are many nice showers that you barely notice the 50% less water, just Google eco showers.

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