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More power generation capacity will end load reduction, says Eskom

Eskom has expressed satisfaction with the National Energy Regulatory Authority of South Africa (NERSA), supporting Ministerial Determination, as issued by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe in February 2020 to procure 11,813 MW power generation infrastructure.

The power company said in a statement on Monday that according to the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019), it will carry out the energy infrastructure over the years to 2030.

Eskom CEO Andrade Ruyter said: “Since current supply constraints, we need this added power generation capacity, which will contribute to ending load reduction and ensuring the country’s energy security.”

Ruyter said Eskom looks forward to working with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the IPP office to speed up the implementation, bringing more capacity to the grid in the shortest time.

Eskom is also pleased to note the progress to procure 2,000 MW emergency power supply and hopes to connect to the national grid in December 2021

“Although the emergency procurement of 2,000 MW is a step in the right direction, Eskom emphasised the urgent need to speed up the buying at least 3,000 MW of further power generation capacity to help ease the country’s current supply constraints.”

As Eskom often points out, said Ruyter, the emergency procurement of 5,000 MW of added power generation capacity to keep the lights on and help the reconstruction of the economy destroyed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that introducing more power generation capacity will also help ease the pressure on Eskom and create room for it to maintain aging power stations while powering the growing the economy.


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