Eskom To Add 300 Megawatts To National Grid Prior To Winter


Yesterday, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, announced that a unit at the Ingula Hydro Power Station in Kwa-Zulu-Natal has been successfully synchronised ready to be used for commercial purposes.

Eskom is seriously looking at 300 megawatts being added to the grid before winter comes as this will greatly reduce the risk of load shedding and improve power supply.

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In his address this week, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe made it known that he has a team on ground that is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent and control blackouts.

While a second unit tagged ‘unit four’ is underway, Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe revealed that the synchronised unit will soon attain full commercial operations as part of their plans to prepare for this year’s winter season.

He said,

In terms of our plan before the winter season this year, we should be having that unit fully commercially operational. And then at the same time, we’ve already started with a second unit which is unit four

This is a sign of progress after Eskom CEO Brian Molefe made an announcement last week that South Africa will have ‘surplus’ and steady electricity in the next five years.

Molefe said this while addressing a joint media briefing with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

In five years time we think South Africa will have surplus electricity… that can either be used to grow the economy or sold in Southern Africa

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Speaking on the matter, ESKOM chief executive Brian Molefe made a declaration that Eskom has intensified its build programme and as such by 2021, the country should expect excess electricity.

As part of plans to have the promise delivered, Minister Brown and Molefe announced that the Ingula Pump Storage Scheme, a hydro-electric project in KwaZulu-Natal, would be delivered a year ahead of schedule.

Today, I would like to announce that unit 3 of Ingula was successfully synchronised to the grid on the 6th of March. This means that an additional 330 megawatts capacity will be available to the grid as commissioning progresses towards the unit’s full
commercial operation in January 2017

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