The actual estimated volume of electricity consumed in November 2010 increased by 2.6% after a revised 2.4% (2.1%) increase in October, data released on Thursday by Statistics South Africa shows.

Electricity consumption for the first 11 months of 2010 increased by 4.1% (8,546 Gigawatt-hours) compared with the first 11 months of 2009.

Seasonally adjusted electricity consumption increased by 0.9% in the three months ended November 2010 compared with the three months ended August 2010.

The actual estimated production of electricity increased by 3.4% (708 Gigawatt-hours) in November 2010 compared with November 2009, while the estimated production of electricity for the first 11 months of 2010 increased by 4.2% (9,691 Gigawatt-hours) compared with the first 11 months of 2009.

Seasonally adjusted electricity production increased by 1.2% in the three months ended November 2010 compared with the three months ended August 2010.

The data also showed that electricity delivered to the provinces increased by 4.2% (8,325 Gigawatt-hours) in the first 11 months of 2010 compared with the first 11 months of 2009.

Increases were reported for all nine provinces, ranging from 0.2% for KwaZulu-Natal to 10.0% for Limpopo.

The volume of electricity purchased from outside South African borders increased from 11,183 Gigawatt-hours in the first 11 months of 2009 to 11,263 Gigawatt-hours in the first 11 months of 2010, representing an increase of 0.7%.

The volume of electricity sold to neighbouring countries increased by 5.3% (677 Gigawatthours) in the first 11 months of 2010 compared with the first 11 months of 2009. - I-Net Bridge