South Africa’s electricity crisis is set to recover and load shedding will be reduced

In the context of searching for solutions to end the electricity crisis in South Africa, which recently forced the country to resort to load shedding that continues to this day, the government is trying to reassure its citizens by clarifying its efforts to control the crisis.

The Ministry of Electricity praised the noticeable improvement witnessed in the performance of the largest government utility, operator and regulator of electricity in the country, Eskom, after a significant period of deterioration, according to what was followed by the specialized energy platform.

The electricity sector in the African country is suffering from a major crisis, which has caused frequent power outages, which has been reflected in the level of services, whether provided to individuals or companies.

Attempts to resolve the crisis

The Minister of Electricity, Kgosincho Ramokgopa, reviewed the developments of the action plan to solve the electricity crisis in South Africa, stressing that the sector has crossed the turning point of danger.

The minister stated: “I will not claim to have passed the load-reducing stage, but we can say with confidence that we see a light at the end of the tunnel,” stressing that the electricity system is not only improving, but has also exceeded expectations, according to statements reported by the Business Tech website (Business Tech).

Speaking about the developments in resolving the electricity crisis in South Africa, Ramokgopa said that the rate of unplanned power outages resulting from (generation unit malfunctions) decreased to 13 thousand megawatts last week, after it was about 14 thousand and 100 megawatts, and it was exceeding 15 thousand. Megawatt on January 16th.

What the Minister of Electricity reviewed comes within the framework of a plan announced in the first week of this month, to work on… Increasing electricity generation capabilities Purchasing additional capacity and monitoring the work of power generation plants, with the aim of resolving the load shedding crisis.

Regarding Eskom, which suffered from large debts that led to its deterioration, the plan stipulated that the Minister of Public Enterprise Sector would undertake the process of restructuring it, and the Minister of Electricity would exercise his powers over its board of directors and follow up on reducing loads, to solve the electricity crisis in South Africa.

Minister Kgosincho Ramokgopa speaks at a press conference about the electricity crisis – Photo from (South African Government News Agency)

Why does the electricity go out?

Despite the progress that Minister Kgosincho Ramokgopa spoke about within the electricity sector, the load shedding process continues, which he attributed to two reasons: The first is that at least 3,000 megawatts of electricity are being generated from open cycle gas turbines (OCGT) that operate withDieselAt a time when the country reduced its consumption.

The other reason for the continuing electricity crisis in South Africa is maintenance work. Although the rate of planned maintenance has reached 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts, the current situation is still unstable.

The Minister confirmed that work is continuing in the field Partial power cutThat is, when electricity generating units do not produce their allocated capacity, saying that the partial loss of electricity supply amounted to 6,700 megawatts.

The minister stressed that the electricity crisis in South Africa is heading towards improvement despite all the challenges, noting that the sector had previously expected to lose capacity by about 14,500 megawatts, but the current capacity is less than that by about 1,000 megawatts, even though the planned maintenance includes 8,337 megawatts. “.

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