SOUTH AFRICAN POWER UTILITY SHUTS DOWN SOME UNITS FOR MAINTENANCE

JOHANNESBURG, — South Africa’ State-owned power utility, Eskom, says it has taken a number of its generating units offline over the current long Labour Day weekend for maintenance to ensure that they are ready and available this coming (Southern Hemisphere) winter.

As winter approaches and the temperatures gradually drop, Eskom’s power generation system’s resilience is frequently being tested. Its winter plan kicked off at the beginning of May and runs until end of August 2016.

During this period, planned maintenance is decreased and energy availability increased to supply the higher demand for electricity.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown commended Eskom during her Budget vote speech in Parliament last month for ensuring a near nine-month uninterrupted supply of electricity to the country.

Eskom in April announced that it had begun to ramp down planned maintenance to ramp up energy availability for the winter period.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK