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Ramokgopa Urges Continued Efforts to Sustain Eskom’s Performance

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The recent performance of Eskom has been commendable, with the country not experiencing any load shedding for about a week due to consistent improvement in the available generating capacity. However, Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has emphasized that more work needs to be done to ensure that this continues consistently.

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Minister in the Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

He made these remarks during a media briefing updating the nation on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan (EAP), introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July 2022 to address load shedding and achieve energy security for the country.

During the briefing, Ramokgopa stated, “During this period, we have seen an exceptionally good performance by the units. Outside the issues of reduced demand, we have seen that the unplanned capacity loss factor – a combination of the units being unreliable and the units not performing at the right levels – the system has been healthy. The problem that we have is that the system is healthy in periods. What we want to achieve is to ensure that we maintain that consistently, that the system remains healthy.”

While he acknowledged the recent positive performance, Ramokgopa cautioned that “the true test” for the performance of the system is yet to come. He emphasized the need to sustain this positive trajectory, especially when big industries come back from a break, as it is crucial for sustaining the South African economy.

The Minister revealed that Eskom will be undergoing aggressive maintenance over the next two weeks to further improve the efficiency and availability of existing supply. This includes a combination of planned and opportunity maintenance to take full advantage of the low demand period.

Ramokgopa also addressed the Energy Action Plan’s first key intervention to fix Eskom and improve the availability of existing supply. He emphasized the importance of addressing the rate of failure of generating units and ensuring that the efficiency of the units is improved.

He stated, “On the unplanned capacity loss factor… the intention is to bring this down…[and] bolster the performance of these units and therefore get more megawatts on the grid to service the demand.”

The Minister highlighted the recent trends in capacity losses and emphasized the need to sustain the current level of performance. He urged for continued efforts to reduce the rate of failure and partial load losses to ensure that the system remains healthier in the long term.

 


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