Two years to fix Eskom

Agent_Smith

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Well that would coincide neatly with the next general elections now wouldn't it...
 
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It will be worse... The longer they keep this "lights on at all costs" policy the more things will be pushed and damaged and the worse it'll get. Permanent Stage 1 or 2 loadshedding for at least 6 months to catch up on maintenance, the longer they keep from doing this the longer it'll take to fix(if ever)
 

AstroTurf

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It will be worse... The longer they keep this "lights on at all costs" policy the more things will be pushed and damaged and the worse it'll get. Permanent Stage 1 or 2 loadshedding for at least 6 months to catch up on maintenance, the longer they keep from doing this the longer it'll take to fix(if ever)
They do not have the manpower to fix it in 6 months.
 
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They do not have the manpower to fix it in 6 months.
AT LEAST 6 months... Reevaluate after that and extend by 6 months, 6 months of guaranteed no pressure on the system will go a long way. Keep repeating until they get enough done to maybe try and keep the lights on.
 

Musicmp3

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Forget it.
Talking to Overseas Consultant Eskom hired to help at a plant - said the Management and workers have no clue - have to explain over and over and over and over and over.

And then again - totally lost.
 

Skerminkel

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They do not have the manpower to fix it in 6 months.
It bothers me that the media regurgitates the headlines continuously, but they never investigate this. What skills do you need to manage the power stations and what additional resources do you need to catch up? What does Eskom currently have? I am willing to bet a few thousand Mandelas that the number of "managers", "procurement officials", "administrative assistants", "human resource practitioners", "strategic planners" etc. over the last 20 years is inversely proportional to the assured generating capacity. And that a plot of the same assured capacity will follow the trend of the number of registered engineers, -technicians and artisans quite closely.
 
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AstroTurf

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AT LEAST 6 months... Reevaluate after that and extend by 6 months, 6 months of guaranteed no pressure on the system will go a long way. Keep repeating until they get enough done to maybe try and keep the lights on.
Substations are not meant to be turned on and off on a regular basis, it will (just like the current rolling blackouts) cause more problems that will also need to be fixed.

They need to bring in enough power ships to guarantee that we have excess generation capacity for at least the next 6 to 10 years then they will have the time to firstly get all the power stations the maintenance they need and get all the current projects to completion as well as start and complete a few more power stations (we already need this and by then our energy needs will be even greater than they are today if we plan to be a productive country).

It's the only way.

Edit: The only problem I forsee with bringing in powerships is red tape and brown envelopes.

Ships can be here in 6 months, most of our viable harbours already have railways (for coal) as well as pipelines for fuel (depending on ship type) and while the ships float over we can prepare the substations needed to join them to the grid.
 
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They just started with this "maintenance is important" philosophy and there are already red flags. 20 to 30 months? Really, that's the best planning you can do? There should have been a detailed plan of each stations maintenance that need to be done over the next two years taking into account resources available, and this plan should be managed by the war room they have overseeing Eskom. If this plan is a month out its not good enough. But just like the power station builds this will drag on and fall behind.
 
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