May 27, 2022

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WATCH | Eskom says SA must realise its system is ‘old, unpredictable and has been in the red for years’

SA needs to understand that Eskom’s system “is old and not maintained as it should be,” Jan Oberholzer, the utility’s CFO, said on Wednesday.

Address to the media after of implementing Phase 2 load shedding on Tuesday afternoon, Oberholzer said the system was “unreliable, unpredictable and in the red for years”.

“We all need to understand that we have a system that is old and is not maintained as it should be. We have to dismantle these units for scheduled maintenance and we don’t have the luxury due to country requirements. We try our best to match capacity to demand, but we have an unreliable and unpredictable system. We will try our utmost not to relieve the country. This does not take into account the fact that there is a high risk of load shedding in winter.”

Oberholzer and CEO Andre de Ruyter said that level 2 load shedding will remain in place until Monday at 5 a.m.

The municipality of eThekwini, which has been hit by devastating floods, would be relieved of the load-shedding.

De Ruyter said peak demand for Wednesday night was 30,603 MW, but only 29,004 MW was available.

“This means we have a deficit between demand and availability.”

The utility said on Tuesday that load shedding was caused by a lack of generation capacity due to delays in restarting generators as well as by failures of nine generators.

Since Monday, one generating unit each in Lethabo, Tutuka, Ingula, Drakensberg and Arnot and two units each in the Hendrina and Matla power plants have suffered failures.

Delays in the Recommissioning of generators at Arnot, Kendal and three units at Tutuka power plants added to the capacity constraints.

Oberholzer said demand is changing in April as the winter profile is high, with the morning peak becoming higher in the evening.< /p>

The highest load from industrial users is at the end of May.

“We usually shut down maintenance.”

He said maintaining reliability is an ongoing process .

From January 1, 2021 to the end of April last year, there were 29 days of load shedding.

From January 1 of this year to the end of last month, there were 25 days of load shedding. Stage 4 load shedding has been performed on four days since the beginning of this year.

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