South Africans are currently facing load shedding almost daily. Eskom has said in a statement that load shedding could last for the next 30 months.
Eskom’s new chief executive, André de Ruyter, told parliament last week that this work will only be completed in August 2022.
It’s almost 12 months longer than the initially estimated 18 months, but an energy expert thinks even that target is far too optimistic.
Myboadband reported that a Zimbabwean national says that she has seen it all before in Zimbabwe.
Eskom must rely on old, expensive power plants and emergency sources such as its diesel turbines and there is little room to optimize its operations, says the CMFC. In 2018-19, Eskom sold 7.1% less power than in 2012. Consumers cannot be expected to stand by the fact that Eskom’s limited generating capacity limits its sales, the group says.
Independent power suppliers account for just 5.2% of the generation capacity, but 25% of Eskom’s costs. “The consumer is expected to pay for irrational decisions about independent power providers by Nersa and the Department of Energy.”