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Eskom Power Stations Can Be Saved by Equipment Makers



Eskom Power Stations Can Be Saved by Equipment Makers

Eskom Power Stations Can Be Saved by Equipment Makers. Load shedding is a persistent and all-encompassing challenge in South Africa, requiring significant investment, purpose-driven implementation plans, and a shift toward sustainable electricity sources.

While the transition to low-carbon energy is not immediate, maximizing electricity generation from existing sources is crucial. The National Treasury appointed the German VGBE Energy Consortium to assess Eskom’s coal fleet, exploring a concession model involving Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to improve energy availability.

Eskom Power Stations Can Be Saved by Equipment Makers

According to Chris Yelland, Eskom’s original equipment manufacturers have the potential to be engaged in the transformation and improvement of its coal-fired power plants.

 The Role of OEMs in Eskom’s Operations

Major power generation OEMs in South Africa have a long history of contributing to the local industry and designing Eskom’s power plants. However, over time, Eskom moved away from using OEMs for maintenance due to cost concerns and a desire to support local businesses. This decision has contributed to the current electricity crisis.

Advantages of OEMs

OEMs offer advantages such as risk and reward-based contracts, promoting efficiency gains without significant upfront costs. They align their objectives with Eskom’s success, ensuring accountability, continuous improvement, and risk mitigation. This approach is essential in times of fiscal constraints.

Industry-Wide Webinar and Recognition of OEMs

On July 13, 2023, EE Business Intelligence hosted a webinar discussing the role of OEMs in helping South Africa extract optimum output from its power plants. Eskom’s Head of Generation and an advisor to the Minister of Electricity recognized the importance of long-term working relationships with OEMs.

They acknowledged OEMs’ global skills and expertise as invaluable allies in resolving the electricity crisis and transferring knowledge to smaller companies.

Leveraging Global Expertise for Long-term Solutions

OEMs have a proven track record of working with diverse power systems globally, equipping them with innovative problem-solving approaches. By combining global expertise with local insights, OEMs can tailor solutions to Eskom’s specific needs, optimizing outcomes in South Africa’s commitment to a load shedding-free future.

Paving the Way for a Brighter Future

Embracing OEMs’ technical prowess can revitalize Eskom’s infrastructure with modern technologies and processes, enhancing operational efficiency and reliability. Their involvement paves the way for a stable and robust electricity supply, catalyzing progress across all sectors.

Urgency for Strategic Partnerships

Addressing South Africa’s electricity crisis requires bold measures and strategic partnerships. Collaborating with OEMs allows Eskom to access a global pool of skills, knowledge, and experience, efficiently allocating resources for success.

Unlocking Capabilities of OEMs

There are capable and experienced OEMs, such as Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering, currently excluded from maintaining Eskom’s boilers due to litigation. This situation needs to be quickly remedied to deploy their expertise and capabilities effectively.


The electricity crisis demands the deployment of every capable technical skill. By leveraging the expertise of OEMs, South Africa can build a reliable and resilient electricity system to fuel the nation’s development for years to come.

Collaboration with OEMs is vital for Eskom’s efficient functioning and the country’s economic growth and well-being.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced



Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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