Published On: Sat, Nov 8th, 2014

Eskom lowers risk of load shedding

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ESKOM, the South African utility, said the risk of load shedding was low on Wednesday due to the increased generating capacity at the Majuba Power Station.

Capacity is now at 1 400MW.

More units from Majuba are due to be synchronised to the grid later today with the potential of increasing generating capacity to 3 200MW.

The Recovery Programme at the Majuba Power Station is proceeding well and has far exceeded our expectations, stated Eskom.

“Teams are working 24/7 moving coal from stock piles to the conveyer belts which are the link to the generating units.”

However, the wet weather posed a challenge especially at Majuba given that some of the coal handling is taking place out in the open.

Eskom had implemented a wet coal management strategy to ensure that the wet coal risk is reduced in our other power stations.

“It is however not possible to neutralise this risk completely, especially over periods of prolonged, high rainfall.”

In spite of the reduced chances of load shedding, Esom said the system would remain constrained in the coming days.

“Our projections indicate similar constraints next week,” the power utility said.

– CAJ News

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