Eskom CEO lists primary goals in fixing electricity crisis

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Eskom CEO lists primary goals in fixing electricity crisis

Boosting Eskom's energy availability factor (EAF), building gas power and new nuclear power capacity, and accelerating the expansion of South Africa's transmission grid.

These are among the key goals Eskom CEO Dan Marokane has in mind to improve South Africa's electricity availability, as he shared in a recent interview with Sunday newspaper Rapport and its sister publication City Press.
 
  • Increasing the generating fleet’s EAF to 65% (Duh)
  • Commissioning or recommissioning 2,500MW of additional capacity at the Medupi, Kusile, and Koeberg power stations (Duh)
  • Ensuring the National Transmission Company of South Africa, the Eskom Group’s new dedicated and unbundled transmission business, starts functioning on its own from 1 July 2024 (Blah Blah Blah)
  • Accelerating the pace of new transmission line construction from 300km to 800km annually within the next two to three years (Blah Blah Blah)
  • Weaning Eskom’s distribution network into its own separate entity with a focus on strengthening its network and bringing new products to the market (Blah Blah Blah)
  • Giving attention to projects that will ease the impact of the renewable energy transition on poor communities (Patrice Motsepe licks lips)
 
There is supposed to be 55 GW available.
Please fix what you have first before looking for the next CADRE feeding schemes.

The only reason there is no load shedding at the moment because people have solved their own problems.
This just makes the government look good .
They take too much credit for doing absolutely nothing.
 
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I'm guessing he will continue to be judged for quite a while to come. He may actually be doing a good job and fixing things - but in many people's minds the fact that loadshedding stopped just around election season is just too big a coincidence....
 
I'm guessing he will continue to be judged for quite a while to come. He may actually be doing a good job and fixing things - but in many people's minds the fact that loadshedding stopped just around election season is just too big a coincidence....
The new CEO started in March. Loadshitting ended 2 months later. The new CEO is just riding on the coat-tails of the previous CEO's plans that were actioned 18 months ago which are bearing fruit today.
 
The new CEO started in March. Loadshitting ended 2 months later. The new CEO is just riding on the coat-tails of the previous CEO's plans that were actioned 18 months ago which are bearing fruit today.
That's not how it works, you know the new CEO always takes the blame or credit for any previous issues.
 
There is supposed to be 55 GW available.
Please fix what you have first before looking for the next CADRE feeding schemes.

The only reason there is no load shedding at the moment because people have solved their own problems.
This just makes the government look good .
They take too much credit for doing absolutely nothing.
Where does the other 2GW come from?
46GW of coal installed
3.4GW OCGT (1GW is IPP)
1.8GW Nuclear
2.9GW Pumped Hydro
2.2GW hydro (1.4GW of that is from Mozambique)
Only 53GW is Eskoms, the pumped and OCGT shouldn't be used all the time so that leaves 47GW, of which lately 24GW is always being fixed and roughly 5GW is on planned maintenance.
 
We don't have the luxury to dedicate even an hour of CEO time to luxurious fantasies like Small Modular Reactors. They are vapourware.
 
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