Cape Town - Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday appointed the promised technical review team that will conduct a rapid review of operations and maintenance at Eskom's power plants.
The team of 11 experts is headed by Tsakani Mthombeni, the chairman of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), and retired engineer and mining professional Ian Morrison. It has four weeks to conduct the review, Gordhan's office said.
Their brief includes reporting on plant unavailability due to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and unplanned outages, operator errors and technical and operator-linked inefficiencies that result in unsatisfactory output from power stations.
"The technical review team includes academic, engineering and power systems professionals and is required to conduct a rapid but intensive review of the operations, maintenance and the technical environment at Eskom power stations within four weeks of commencing their work," the minister's office said.
Gordhan and Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza and CEO Phakamani Hadebe met with the team on Monday.