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Eskom war room fixed with restoring plant availability, but stabilisation could be 30 months off

Engineering News – ONLINE

17 February 2015

There is currently no shortage of electricity capacity in South Africa, Department of Energy(DoE) acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard acknowledged on Tuesday. However, the availability of the country’s installed base had fallen materially, narrowing the supply-demand balance to the point where Eskom was resorting to rotational load shedding to ensure that an unplanned blackout was avoided.

Speaking on behalf of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the seventh African Energy Indaba, Barnard revealed that the restoration of plant availability from Eskom’s coal-heavy fleet was currently the main priority of the so-called war room. The war room, which was established by Cabinet in December, included Eskom and government officials, as well as independent energy and project specialists, overseen by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.  Read more…

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