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Load shedding warning as Eskom looks for a happy new year

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Load shedding warning as Eskom looks for a happy new year

Load shedding warning as Eskom looks for a happy new year .The latest performance data from Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, paints a mixed picture of its current state. While the organization has successfully maintained low breakdown levels and uninterrupted power supply, concerns arise due to increased reliance on open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs). As the nation enters the new year, Eskom faces challenges that might impact the stability of its power grid.

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Maintaining Low Breakdowns and Unplanned Losses

Eskom has effectively kept unplanned losses at its stations consistently low throughout the year, achieving record lows. The data, analyzed by independent energy analyst Pieter Jordaan, indicates that these losses are even lower than those observed in the corresponding periods of 2022 and 2021. Simultaneously, a decline in user demand has provided Eskom with the flexibility to conduct planned maintenance at higher levels than the seasonal norm.

Load Shedding during the Holiday Season

The current data suggests that Eskom is well-positioned to avoid load shedding during the ongoing holiday season. For the first time in 2023, South Africa has not experienced any additional blackout time, maintaining the tally at 72.6 days or 1,742 blackout hours. However, the use of open-cycle gas turbines has raised concerns, hinting at potential challenges in the coming weeks.

Challenges in OCGT Usage and Fragility of Eskom Generating Fleet

While the holiday period has alleviated the demand for electricity, Eskom’s reliance on open-cycle gas turbines became evident during a recent incident. A sudden 10% drop in output from coal generators necessitated extensive OCGT usage to avert load shedding. Energy analyst Pieter Jordaan warns of the fragility of Eskom’s generating fleet, emphasizing the need for caution even during periods of ultra-low demand.

Energy Availability Factor (EAF) as a Key Indicator

The fragility of Eskom’s grid is further highlighted by the persistently low Energy Availability Factor (EAF), struggling to surpass the 56% mark. Despite aiming for a 60% EAF earlier in 2023, Eskom only achieved this level for a full week on average in October. With a target of 65% EAF set for March 2024, achieving this goal seems increasingly unlikely, raising questions about Eskom’s ability to address long-standing challenges.

Long |Term Targets and the Role of Alternative Generation

Eskom’s ambitious target of reaching a 70% EAF by March 2025 is considered essential for eliminating load shedding. However, skeptics argue that by that point, alternative generation sources and private sector initiatives may have significantly reduced the nation’s reliance on Eskom for power.

Conclusion

while Eskom has managed to navigate through 2023 with minimal disruptions, the challenges posed by OCGT usage, a fragile generating fleet, and ambitious EAF targets indicate a potentially rocky start to the new year. South Africans are urged to remain vigilant and appreciate the current respite from load shedding, recognizing the ongoing efforts needed to stabilize the nation’s power supply.

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New Vacancies at Eskom. Eskom, a leading energy provider, is seeking Storeperson Warehousing x2 to join their team in South Africa (Limpopo). Applicants must have NCV4/NSC3/Grade 12 at NQF Level 4 with 120 Credits and 2 years of relevant experience. Apply by 26 March 2024.

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Minimum Requirements

  • Qualifications: NCV4/NSC3/Grade 12 at NQF Level 4 with 120 Credits
  • Experience: 2 years Stores and Stock management related experience

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  • Assessment: Industrial relations, Communication, Computing, Principles of Inventory Management, OHSA, Behavioural Competencies

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform Warehouse activities
  • Receiving function
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  • Issuing function
  • Conduct preservation activities
  • Operate the materials handling equipment as and when required
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