SOUTH AFRICAN POWER UTILITY TAKES PROACTIVE STEPS TO MEET RISING WINTER DEMAND

As temperatures around South Africa begin to drop with the arrival of the current (Southern Hemisphere) winter, national power utility Eskom has had to revise its weekend maintenance plans to ensure it meets the growing appetite for energy.

“An effective means of achieving our set goals is to continue conducting our outages diligently, paying exceptional attention to detail and making sure that we bring the units that were taken offline for maintenance back in time,” the state-owned utility said in a statement over the weekend.

“We remain committed to keeping unplanned breakdowns below 4,000 megawatts (MW) in order to enable us to meet demand without or with limited use of our open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs).”

Just after 9 pm on Monday last week, Eskom had a total of 37,067 MW available capacity to meet demand, the highest in more than four years. “This is significant indeed, as it translates to an energy availability factor (EAF) of 83.4 per cent,” the power utility noted.

“Our year-to-date performance is moving in the right direction with unplanned breakdowns (UCLF) reaching 10.90 per cent, planned maintenance (PCLF) at 11.80 per cent, and energy availability is now at 77.29 per cent against the target of 80:10:10 (ie 80 per cent energy availability, 10 per cent planned maintenance, and 10 per cent unplanned maintenance).”

Source: Nam News Network

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