Eskom To Embark On ‘Maintenance Festival’ This Weekend


As all tunes to festivity mood, Eskom, like in other years plans to embark on their maintenance festival come this week in preparation for the higher demand in winter.

The said plan is aimed at taking advantage of the drop in demand in an effort to further “improve the performance and reliability of Eskom’s power generating units‚”

“As part of our planned maintenance programme, Eskom will this upcoming long weekend embark on yet another maintenance festival in order to improve the performance and reliability of our power generating fleet ahead of winter.

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The utility says it would embark on this programme to ensure its in line with the Generation Sustainability Strategy to ensure long-term plant health which has resulted in a reduction of the number of plant breakdowns over the past seven months, positively impacting plant availability.

Eskom which has in the recent times, undergone series of improvements said it is progressing well with the maintenance of its power generating plant with the country not having experienced load shedding for over seven months.

According to BusinessTech, the company says the performance of the generation fleet has stabilized, with unplanned outages below the target of 7,000MW. It boasts of not having any load shedding in months now, and believes it will remain the same  for the rest of the summer going into autumn and winter.

In terms of its existing Generation Sustainability Strategy, Eskom aims is to achieve 80% plant availability, 10% planned maintenance and 10% unplanned maintenance over the medium term. The company therefore urged costumers to continue to use electricity sparingly at all times.

“Those who will be going away over the long weekend are reminded to switch off geysers, never to leave lights burning, and to unplug appliances such as TVs, PVRs and video games. These appliances use electricity even when they are on standby mode,” said Eskom.

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