050910 Electricity pylons carry power from Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant July 17, 2009. South Africa will need 20 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity by 2020 and would require double that amount a decade later to meet rising demand, the country's power utility said September 7, 2009. Picture taken July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENERGY BUSINESS)

Johannesburg – Unplanned outages rose to 5‚403 Megawatts (MW) on January 28 from 4‚262MW on January 24‚ Eskom said in its 110th system status bulletin.

Eskom’s internal benchmark is to have no more than 3‚600MW in unplanned maintenance‚ a benchmark it missed more than 60% of the time last year and has yet to achieve this year.

The last time it achieved this benchmark prior to November 29 was on August 14.

Peak demand was expected to jump from 24‚819MW on December 26 to 30‚438MW on January 29 as factories restarted operations after the Christmas break.

Imported supply of 1‚300MW from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique was again interrupted on January 21‚ due to a fault on the transmission line from Mozambique due to flooding of the Limpopo River. The fault is being repaired. - I-Net Bridge