With the current rolling blackouts expected to last until Thursday, the
maintenance of Eskom’s infrastructure has been in the spotlight again.
With the current rolling blackouts expected to last until Thursday, the maintenance of Eskom’s infrastructure has been in the spotlight again.
The power utility extended stage 2 load shedding last week stating that it will last until 05:00 on Thursday.
“It seems to me that Eskom has not maintained the coal power plants properly, that’s were most of the breakdowns seems to be occurring. I think half the fleet has broken,” says energy expert Ted Blom.
“It could have been avoided if the management Eskom had done as they promised, it would have been avoidable, but given that the management of Eskom has said they won’t spend money on refurbishing the coal power units, I suspect we will going to have lots more load shedding in the next 5 years.”
He adds that due to it being Eskom’s maintenance season they need to take units offline.
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