Eskom reports that they have seen good progress in their plan to improve the operational performance of the infrastructure, however, loadshedding will still be with us over the Winter period.
During the national lockdown Eskom has been working on improving their overall performance by “achieving operational stability, improving income statements, strengthening the balance sheet, embarking on organization restructuring, and inculcating a high-performance culture.”
Eskom has seen a marginal increase in performance, however, the unpredictability and unreliability with the network remains.
“There has been some improvement in the energy availability in the energy availability factor (EAF), with a marginal increase, from 64% in March 2020 to 65% in April 2020” said De Ruyter.
By the second week of the lockdown, the maintenance capacity on the network had increased drastically giving a 63% boost overall, 3600MW has jumped up to 9800MW.
Eskom has predicted that Stage 1 loadshedding will drop from 31 days to only 3 days during the winter period, however, due to the unreliability of the system the risks of loadshedding could remain for another 18 months.
The power generation plant will receive maintenance over the 18 months, once the work has been completed there is a possibility that loadshedding will be phased out.