No Power Blackout Until April 2016 - Eskom

Speaking at the South Africa Parliament on Wednesday, Eskom CEO, said the company does not expect to implement electricity blackout until April 2016.

The company was earlier this year forced to implement power cuts known locally as “load shedding”. However, the utility has only cut power to certain areas for only 2 hours and 20 minutes in the past 87 days."We will continue to supply the country's electricity and maintain our plant with minimal or no load shedding," Eskom's Chief Executive Brian Molefe said.



Africa's most advanced economy is battling its worst electricity crisis, with Eskom scrambling to keep the lights on in millions of homes and businesses.

After embarking on a massive maintenance programme to keep its ageing coal-fired power plants running, Eskom was earlier this year forced to implement frequent power cuts countrywide, known locally as "load shedding".

Eskom expects to have 53,600 MW on the grid by 2025 compared to 45,000 MW at present.

 

Eskom operates the continent's only nuclear power plant at Koeberg station close to Cape Town.

Molefe expressed Eskom support for government plan to add 9,600 megawatts (MW) of new nuclear power to the grid by 2030, saying atomic energy was an important part of South Africa's energy mix.

"It is feasible to fund and operate further nuclear plants in South Africa and in fact it is urgent to do so," he said of a nuclear fleet estimated to cost more than $100 billion.
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