More Generating Units Returning to Power Grid


Eskom’s top structure is concerned about the number and level of breakdowns at its generating units; especially as these are happening at its top performing stations.

CEO Andre De Ruyter says that they have given attention to the performance, and increased maintenance and oversight.

He claims that the Public Finance Management Act is affecting Eskom’s ability to procure the services of power station repair entities.

He was speaking as Eskom slowly downgrading its Stages of load shedding.

De Ruyter says that the power cuts will be lifted as of 5am on Saturday.

Eskom’s Matimba and Majuba units are expected to return to operation this evening, adding some 800 MW to the grid.

He says that they have seen partial losses in which units can operate despite having slight defects.

But the output has been reduced at these power stations to reduce the strain on the infrastructure.

Eskom is expected to provide an update on the state of the power grid tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell has called the national government to put pressure on Eskom to address the energy crisis.

He says that the public cannot be subjected to erratic load shedding, which is wreaking havoc on the economy.

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