‘Extraordinary measures’ needed to improve the system: Eskom CEO

Eskom trying to expedite diesel delivery, as load shedding worsens.

Eskom is increasing power cuts in order to prevent a total collapse of the grid as issues grow from lack of imports to breakdowns at its coal-fired plants.

The utility, which generates almost all of the nation’s electricity, plans to increase the power it cuts from the system to 3 000 megawatts on Monday due to a “significant shortfall” of generation, Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter told reporters in an online briefing.

Read: Stage 4 as Eskom loses control of breakdowns

Even the best-performing coal stations have experienced recent breakdowns and Eskom is tracking vessels with deliveries of diesel used to run turbines typically during peak demand periods.

“Extraordinary measures” are needed to improve the system, De Ruyter said. “The performance has been quite disappointing.”

There are few elements of the grid that aren’t affected by issues, putting South Africa on track for a record year of power cuts. That’s curbed economic activity in the most industrialised country on the continent.

The rand also weakened amid the escalation of electricity shortages.

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Units expected to be online have been delayed, even at its newest station, while thousands of megawatts of generation are at risk as they run at reduced levels with various leaks and other problems, Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said.

About 36% of total installed capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and some planned maintenance and power cuts could be increased to 4 000 megawatts if more units are lost, Oberholzer said.

He said recent electricity imports from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydropower plant also didn’t return as expected.

Even emergency reserves are under pressure. Open-cycle gas turbines, that are burning two million liters of diesel a day, must manage fuel use carefully. Eskom is tracking the arrival of vessels that will replenish supplies and trying to expedite it, Oberholzer said.

Read: Load shedding all but a certainty until these things happen …

The utility is also dealing with an escalation of labour issues at the utility as one of the biggest unions representing workers there, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, is demanding a 15% wage increase.

“Eskom is still in a loss-making situation” and costs must be managed across the board, De Ruyter said.

© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.

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The percentage of total capacity that is available to consumers is equal to the average IQ in Luthuli House. The system crashes whenever electricity output is more than 60% of the installed capacity. That average IQ of 60 in Luthuli House explains why 80% of municipalities and 100% of SOEs are bankrupt.

Over the longer term, the GDP per capita is simply an economic manifestation of the cognitive ability of the average voter. Our economy is running at 20% of installed capacity because collectivist voters are allowed to express their intellectual challenges on the ballot. The voting station is a de facto IQ test center.

and here is stage 4 now

Viva ANC — Amandla !@!! Finally power being decolonized !!!!!

none of the extraordinary measures that are available in 2022 and 2023 involve increasing capacity or improving reliability.

In Eskom speak, extraordinary measures =
Billions in diesel +
Higher stages of loadshredding

It is not Eskom, which decides on new generation, it is the DMRE, Luthuli House, the NEC, that holds this up.
We are still waiting on FC for BW 5 of REIPP projects.
Read my reply to Hilton below on my opinion how we could add generation capacity ASAP.
https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/south-africa/never-mind-winter-load-shedding-is-likely-to-get-much-worse-from-september/
In the meantime Amabhungane discovered massive theft and corruption at Kriel, on Daily Maverick, and Numsa demands 15% wage increase.

You know when you get told that the sugar is already finished for the umpteenth time, well, that is exactly what we are dealing with here from the highest level down regarding Planning and Maintenance of all SA’s public infrastructure! The seawater at one of the country’s premier tourist spots(Durban) bathing areas is thick with faeces at the moment, broken infrastructure being the cause! Ecoli levels through the roof, and a terrible smell along with it! We are in a world of Poo all round in this country, figuratively and literally!

The democratic process unleashes the inherent power of voters to turn their immediate environment into a manifestation of their mindset. That implies art theatres, sculptures, parks, beautiful architecture, and libraries for some communities, and sewage in the drinking water for others.

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