Eskom’s CEO Brian Molefe has announced that Eskom won’t have to implement rolling blackouts until at least April next year.
The news follows the announcement Eskom made at the beginning of last week that Medupi Unit 6 would be going online and be fully synchronised with the national grid. A day later however Eskom took Koeberg power station offline for three months to conduct maintenance.
At the htxt.africa offices we were waiting with baited breath for the announcement to come from the power utility that loadshedding would be implemented the day the power station went down, but that announcement, never came.
Eskom, it would seem, has changed tack and continues to provide uninterrupted (local outages caused by faults aside) power to the country.
Speaking to Moneyweb in Cape Town on Friday afternoon Molefe said he suspected that the generating capacity may not be able to sustain demand. However Molefe went on to explain that with Ingula and Kusile expected to add a combined 2 132-megawatts to the grid in August 2016 the shortfall should be short lived.
It’s not all good news for Eskom though. The utility still needs to raise R110 billion to insure that maintenance continues and, more importantly for us, that the lights remain on.
Is this another empty promise from Eskom akin to the “no loadshedding during winter” claims we heard earlier this year or will they manage to actually keep our lights on for 362 consecutive days or more.[Via – Moneyweb]