No load shedding expected this winter

2016-03-25 06:00

IF you’re concerned there may be load shedding as we near autumn and winter, you can breathe a sigh of relief as Eskom says it does not intend to implement any scheduled power outages.

Eskom’s Group Chief Executive Brian Molefe said the power system has been stable since August 2015.

“This has resulted in seven months of no load shedding. Our prognosis is that there will be no load shedding for summer, autumn and going into winter,” he said.

Molefe said the power system has been stable throughout the last quarter due to the “Tetris” maintenance planning tool.

“We will continue with a rigorous programme of planned maintenance without implementing load shedding while minimising use of open cycle gas turbines,” he said.

Molefe said the Majuba power station, is running with all its six units on load. “The last time Majuba ran with six units on load was in November 2014 when the station experienced a coal storage silo collapse.” A short-term solution was implemented with coal being fed through an elevated mobile boom feeder.

“Designs for a permanent solution have been completed and the contract was awarded in December 2015. Work commenced in January and is expected to be complete by December 2017.”

These include the reinstatement of the damaged silo and the associated coal conveyor system as well as the reinforcement of the two other coal silos.

“We are exploring opportunities to accelerate the schedule to achieve earlier completion of the project.”

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