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I feel sorry for the few Eskom employees that are there on merit (not skin colour/political affiliation).
So Eskom was given R4bn to connect renewable projects to the grid, and is holding onto the money for entirely unrelated purposes. Can't people sue them for corruption like that?
I like to be on the green side because I think it's cool , but what you are saying is very interesting - and very possible.I did not read the article, some of these green systems [where cancer agents are in control on top ] are so badly build, they cannot be connected to the grid, for safety reasons. A friend of mine got a nice job to get some of these stations up to standard.
I work for an Eskom contractor and get to see the internal workings of the organisation in great detail owing to what my line of work entails. I would go as far as to say there are thousands of hard working employees still in the organisation who try their best and would like nothing more than to see it returned to its former glory. I find it sad when these people get lumped into the whole "Eskom is the devil" debate and are too ashamed sometimes to even admit they work for the organisation.
The problem is government influence is far too strong and politically slanted in the structuring, planning/strategy and occasionally the day to day running of various programs. I'm not saying there aren't some lazy/useless elements in Eskom, but their contribution to the overall situation is far less than those in the driving seat at the top who make the other 40-odd thousand employees look bad.
I did not read the article, some of these green systems [where cancer agents are in control on top ] are so badly build, they cannot be connected to the grid, for safety reasons. A friend of mine got a nice job to get some of these stations up to standard.
I like to be on the green side because I think it's cool , but what you are saying is very interesting - and very possible.
He is mainly upgrading the protection and sync part.The problem with many of these IPPs is that they produce too much power for the locations they're in, which means power has to be exported onto the Eskom transmission grid. This is good, but the IPP funding only covers their own build and connect tion to the closest Eskom line. Whether this line actually has the transfer capacity to handle that load is immaterial to the IPPs.
This puts Eskom in a tight spot. It costs a ,metric crapton to build new lines. They also can't upgrade the existing lines without switching off areas for months at a time. Some work can be done by live line contractors of course but this is insanely expensive and dangerous. So what is the alternative? Organize new servitudes which crosses farms and this causes maaaaaassive issues. Farmers hate Eskom and with due cause, but it leaves the company with little room to work in. Stakeholder management and public participation is key, we all saw what it did to etolls.
So I can see why Eskom won't connect some IPPs.