Eskom ‘will meet World Cup demand’

2010-06-29 10:34

Eskom is confident of providing the country with a reliable

electricity supply for the remainder of the Fifa World Cup.


“Electricity demand for the week ahead is expected to remain in the

same level as last week, and Eskom has adequate generating capacity to meet the

demand should the load increase,” the parastatal said in its Fifa World Cup

Electricity Performance Report for June 22 to 28.


Due to the relatively warm weather last week, electricity demand

was similar to the previous week.


“The peak demand for the week to June 27 was 36 705 megawatts,

which is marginally lower than the peak of 36 716 megawatts that was recorded

last week.”


The peak demands since the beginning of winter were still lower

than Eskom’s projection of 37 240 megawatts.


“Eskom has enough capacity – over 42 000 megawatts – to meet the

demand.”


The parastatal said that last week the Commission for Conciliation,

Mediation and Arbitration had issued a certificate of non-resolution regarding

the wage negotiations between Eskom and organised labour.


“As a result, Eskom has now referred the matter to

arbitration.”


The decision of the arbitrator would be binding on both parties,

Eskom said.


Meanwhile, Eskom and labour unions met over the weekend and tabled

a revised offer for consideration.


“We are waiting to hear if the unions will accept the offer.”


With the wage negotiations now referred to arbitration, Eskom was

hopeful that all the parties would reach a mutual agreement on the matter soon.

 

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