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Eskom’s power output hits record lows

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The power utility admits years of inadequate maintenance ‘leaves the system vulnerable’, with an ‘alarming’ output of only 56.76% in week one of 2020.


09 Jan 2020
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Eskom’s power output hits record lows

A general view of Medupi Power Station on January 1, 2015. The station, previously called Project Alpha and Charlie, is a new dry-cooled coal fired power station being built by Eskom. When completed it will be the largest dry-cooled fired power station in the world. (Photo by Gallo Images / Mail & Guardian / Madelene Cronjé)

Eskom hit a new record last week when it was only able to produce little more than half of South Africa’s required electricity. “The week-on-week energy availability factor (EAF) of Eskom’s fleet of power stations dropped to a new record low of 56,76% in Week 1 of 2020, down from 61,82% in Week 1 of 2019. Alarming,” EE Business Intelligence managing director and energy expert Chris Yelland said yesterday on Twitter. “I don’t think stage 6 likely, though it is indeed possible, but certainly if unplanned breakdowns remain stubbornly at 13,000 MW+ as has been the case for the last...

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