Power supply taking strain - Eskom

2012-09-20 20:32

Johannesburg - Electricity supply is under strain as Eskom tries to address a maintenance backlog at its power stations, the parastatal said on Thursday.

Koeberg nuclear power station's Unit Two was not contributing to the national grid as it was shut for planned and maintenance, Eskom said in its bi-weekly status bulletin.

Supply from Mozambique's Cabora-Bassa system had also taken a dip because of a transmission fault.

Eskom said these problems put added strain on the power system, whose performance the company described as "volatile over the past couple of weeks".

"Eskom's power stations are ageing and have been run hard in the past few years in order to meet demand."

In the last year, Eskom made maintenance a priority, as it was necessary to reduce unplanned outages.

"Significant progress has been made and Eskom is on track to eliminate the maintenance backlog by the end of 2013."

Eskom urged the public to reduce electricity consumption.

On Thursday evening, the peak demand for electricity was estimated at 32 319MW, with capacity of 34 788MW.

On Wednesday, peak demand of 32 566MW was met by the available capacity of 35 050MW.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-20 20:42

    Start up the generators!

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-20 20:56

      With what? They've got us coming and going with the last and next petrol price hikes.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-20 21:14

      I wonder why? we paying an arm and a leg for electricity that sometimes works sometimes not. They said to the government(18 years ago) we need to upgrade power sations, otherwise sh*t will happen...guess*t is happening, electricity fees gone through the roof...its not just a white thing government, its called running a country...idiots.

      simon.pearce.790 - 2012-09-20 21:48

      Hey Chris...... don't hold back ........ :)

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-21 06:01

      Eskom raised capacity issues with the Nats in 1988 but they didn't do anything. No excusing current government but the last one was pretty slack as well.

      michelle.fick.3 - 2012-09-21 10:07

      @gungets.tuft: The old government had money set aside to start building a new power station in the mid-90's, and when the ANC took over, they were told the power station has to be built or we will be in trouble. But that money went missing after 1994 ...

  • eduard.marais.5 - 2012-09-20 20:47

    As long as the racial transformation targets are met who cares about electricity and jobs?

      zip.reeper - 2012-09-21 10:39

      what did we have before we had candles? electricity. well done you retards.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-20 20:56

    So ripping us off hasn't helped? There you are taking home millions and rendering most people into poverty because you couldn't plan and maintain and still cannot

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-20 21:10

    They increase the rates and expect us to save. They loose income when we save therefore they again have to increase the rates. It will never stop!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-20 21:13

    mmm i smell another increase..and another..and another... u must know that the parties and bonuses cost a lot of money these days!!!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-20 21:15

    here's an idea eskom..ask the top 10 bras to surrender their annual bonuses this year. i am sure u will be able to build a new reactor with all that money!!

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-20 21:30

    Eskom se ma se...

      joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-20 21:32

      People in the engineering / electrical industry. why dont you guys team up and start a solar panel prouction for households. Im sure we can bring Eskom down using solar, at least for domestic households, if EVERYONE makes a change.

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-20 21:52

      There are systems available. Problem is that the systems cost an arm and a leg (plus the farm). It will take years to recover the money spent on such a system (including solar/gas geyser and gas stove). Excluding any heating devises and aircon.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-20 21:54

      One thing that really p's me off is that most solar panels still come from Europe or the East. There are local manuf around but most don't get the much needed SABS rating to qualify for the Eskom rebate. R15-20 000 to get solar installed - just to heat the hot water cylinder. Then I see TV programs where people are heating and partially powering their entire houses for US$500. Eskom, solar, gas, generators, whichever way you turn, you get robbed.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-21 06:08

      Lacrimose - if you see programs where they are doing all that for $500 they you are watching Disney Channel. It is cheaper than here but most certainly not $500. Start small. Put in 2 or 3 panels and a 10kva inverter. Run all your electronics off that, then slowly expand. The problem is the batteries - they are expensive and need replacing every 3-4 years. The other kit lasts for ages. And don't count it only in terms of recovery costs, look at it in terms of convenience - having lights, security and electronics when everyone else is being load-shedded. Joe.Peters - that is good thinking. Lets get domestic off the grid - it could bring the natioanl peak load requirement down 20%, will make this go away for 5 years until Ekom {snigger) get their act together.

  • braamc - 2012-09-20 21:32

    Eskom tries to address a maintenance backlog at its power stations, the parastatal said on Thursday. - funny that

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-20 23:07

    Only company in the world asking consumers to use less of it's service... ishKom.

  • Mazan Mnguni - 2012-09-21 00:42

    This should open the eyes of the blinds that Nationalisation won't work. Anything SA government touches turn into ashes

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-21 05:29

    the less we use, the more we will pay, the more there is to give away for free..

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-09-21 08:32

    hahaha what liars

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-21 09:49

    Eskom and the ANC the only two structure on earth that have managed to steadily "progress" backwards for 18 years. Th "lords of darkness" have earned their bad name and lack of respect a 100 fold. Its funny how Eskom s policies which are a clear breach of the international competitions laws have avoided legal action for so long, it must be nice to have a whole government in your pocket.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-21 10:01

    Wouldn't it be great if Eishkom could just turn off the electricity for those in the shacktowns that are illegally connected - call it black out, power sharing or whatever on the never never. There would be plenty electricity to go round to those that pay. Koeberg is always out for maintenance since that worker dropped a bolt in the machine in 2006? It hasn't really worked well since then. I would comment on that but i dare not.

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-09-21 13:08

    My thing is, why must we deal with electricity price increases and stuff when folks in shacks illegally connect cables to their shacks? I still see that everyday. It's so unfair. And then they wanna later complain about poor service delivery.

  • leon.botha.7547 - 2012-10-12 07:13

    We "the critics should become activists, build our own solar panels ~ get our own means to save ~ encourage and build a "new-new SA. The current political status is "as-is" all take back the "control" by using the knowledge we got to "control" these things - UNFORTUNATELY there is "uncontrolled" non-experienced people forced into the system that will cause delays - for every delay there is an opportunity for those who know how the cookie should crumble to act ~ and "take-over" ...How? yes not for this page/internet

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