Eskom COO says they only have themselves to blame for load-shedding

Eskom COO says they only have themselves to blame for load-shedding

- Eskom can only blame itself for failing to maintain its fleet of generating units, according to Jan Oberholzer

- The Eskom chief operations officer said that the contract for early fault detection had lapsed some time ago and had not been renewed

- Minister Pravin Gordhan could not commit to a definite date for the end of load-shedding

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Jan Oberholzer, Eskom chief operations officer, says that the entity has no one to blame but itself for the recent spate of load-shedding.

Speaking at a media briefing today, Oberholzer revealed that a contract for early fault detection systems had lapsed 18 months ago and has yet to be renewed. Eskom hopes to have a new tender in place by the end of this week.

The system is used to detect boiler tube leaks and had allowed the entity to plan for unit shut-downs in advance.

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According to News24, Eskom is rushing to fix issues when they occur, with complex repair processes usually taking a week.

Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, had told the media that Eskom is currently in talks with the National Treasury as well as the Auditor-General to establish guidelines for emergency procurement processes for maintenance and the purchase of diesel.

This follows CEO Phakamani Hadebe revealing that the utility had been burning diesel as a last resort and that there were currently no diesel stocks in South Africa, except for vehicles and other small utilities.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that a shipment of diesel is expected to be delivered in the next few days and the pressure on the system will hopefully be relieved by the end of the week.

The loss of power from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric station had added to the pressure at the utility when Cyclone Idai caused damage.

However, Gordhan said he is unable to commit to a definite date for the end of load-shedding. The minister said that further information was needed on technical investigations into power plants, which he promised would be complete within the next two weeks.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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