Durban - The fear of load-shedding is behind us.
Power utility Eskom said the security of power supply was no longer a concern - as was the case two years ago - and they had now shifted their priorities to "managing surplus capacity".
Interim Group Chief Executive Johnny Dladla said as a result of additional new generating capacity added from Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power stations and the rigorous fleet maintenance programme, plant availability had improved from 69.9% in 2015 to 77.3% at the end of March this year. Adherence to a strict plant maintenance programme has also resulted in a drastic reduction in unplanned maintenance and the number of breakdowns over the past two years.
“In terms of our existing Generation Sustainability Strategy, we aim to achieve 80% plant availability, 10% planned maintenance and 10% unplanned maintenance by 2020,” said Dladla.
To manage the surplus capacity, Dladla said Eskom has adopted an aggressive sales volume growth to support economic growth by encouraging an annual growth of 2.1% in local demand and 8% in export sales over the next five years.