JOHANNESBURG – Struggling power utility Eskom promised to ramp-up the maintenance of its neglected generation units in the next seven months to ensure that the country had enough power to sustain its economic demands.
Eskom said yesterday that the process would involve stripping away an average of 5 500 megawatt (MW), as more generating units are put out of service in a bid to spruce up its ageing critical infrastructure.
The utility said while it had not implemented load shedding in the second quarter its generational capacity was still weak.
Chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer said customer usage generally changed from peak usage during winter to a reduced but sustained flat demand all day in summer.
Oberholzer said Eskom would keep unplanned plant breakdowns at a minimum and reduce emissions in order to safeguard against load shedding in the summer.