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Load Shedding Could Be Ended With the Help of Eskom Oems



Load Shedding Could Be Ended With the Help of Eskom Oems

Load Shedding Could Be Ended With the Help of Eskom Oems. A government initiative is aimed at getting power plant OEMs more involved in utility operations.

The government is fostering a close relationship between power plant OEMs and Eskom to improve the quality of the utility’s service and maintain its aging equipment in a positive move.

This month, the national treasury will report on the operations of Eskom’s coal fleet, following the appointment of Germany’s VGBE Energy in February.

Load Shedding Could Be Ended With the Help of Eskom Oems

Treasury says the assessment could lead to the implementation of a concession model, which would involve OEMs improving Eskom’s coal-fired power plant’s energy availability factor and performance.

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A lack of OEMs would have a negative impact on Eskom’s performance. However, there are many things we can do to improve

In a webinar on Thursday, OEMs were discussed in some detail in relation to the role they can play in ending, or at least reducing, the current electricity crisis and reducing load shedding.

Poor maintenance, corruption, and even alleged sabotage are some of the problems facing Eskom. Load shedding has been caused primarily by boiler-tube failures, and the frequency at which they occur has been increasing. Eskom itself has stated that this is the main cause of load shedding. At the end of 2021, Eskom had failed 2.3 tubes a year on average, compared to its target of one failure per unit.

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The number has continued to rise since then, with 2022 being the worst load shedding year on record. According to GroundUp, Eskom’s coal fleet is operating at just 40% of its installed capacity, far below the 75% target it has set.

The maintenance problem contributes to the problem. A more alarming finding is that maintenance often doesn’t meet standards and units fail anyway, according to the publication. In spite of this, the contributors to Thursday’s webinar are convinced OEMs can assist Eskom in solving some of its issues.

Eskom can enhance the performance of its coal plants through long-term service agreements, which cement relationships, according to Siemens Energy Southern Africa MD Thabo Molekoa. He added that predictability and expertise retention are also benefits.

Planning for the long term is essential. There is limited spares and support available for some of Eskom’s turbines, which makes them difficult to maintain. Nonetheless, local manufacturing can ensure that assets are procured and maintained through local manufacturing. There is a local supplier of repairs and parts.”

Having started his career as a systems engineer at Kriel, Ewart Snyman is currently the regional engineering manager at John Thompson (a subsidiary of Actom), a multinational electrical company. The majority of Eskom’s coal stations were constructed in the 1970s and 1980s, and the market for boilers of this kind has declined substantially since then.

The technology used to support Eskom is no longer owned by many of the companies that used to support it. It would be very difficult for Eskom to operate without OEMs, who perform welding maintenance on power stations. Snyman says that there is so much more that can be done.

“We need materials to be available. In the current contract, spares are not provided, and Eskom often has trouble sourcing materials, which results in extended outage times because spares cannot be sourced on time for boiler maintenance.

Also, because the focus is on preventing load shedding in the short term, the emphasis is on finding the quickest solution, so best practices are being ignored. “We have the expertise to weather the storm,” he said, referring to the immense pressure on people at the power stations.

Slack supply-chain management is one of the problems. Our lack of discipline has caused us to become ill-disciplined

To keep the old plants running smoothly, spare parts are essential and inventory control is strictly enforced. As Eskom generation engineering GM Thomas Conradie puts it, “the biggest problem is not corruption but a slack supply-chain management.” As Conradie puts it, “We have grown sloppy in our supply-chain management.

The process is often restarted if a tender that we have accepted becomes unavailable as the delivery date approaches. However, we are avoiding intermediaries as much as possible and using the original manufacturers.”

A number of webinar participants expressed optimism about Eskom’s ability to immediately improve its performance, and the webinar’s convener, Chris Yelland, emphasized the need to provide OEMs with specific areas to handle, with longer-term contracts, similar to the agreement between Sasol and Air Liquide, which supplies oxygen to Sasol.

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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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