Explainer: Energy experts weigh in on Eskom's load-shedding situation

Explainer: Energy experts weigh in on Eskom's load-shedding situation

- Load-shedding is back just ahead of the Christmas rush and South Africans are fuming

- The nation's experts have weighed in on the situation after Stage 2 was announced on Thursday

- Briefly.co.za explains what those in the know have to say about the outages

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Eskom has announced the return of load-shedding, with Stage 2 implemented on Thursday evening.

Citizens were understandably outraged that the situation went from zero to dire with very little warning once again.

Briefly.co.za explains what the experts have to say on the situation:

READ ALSO: Eskom announces stage 2 load shedding to prevent total collapse

Chris Yelland, an electrical engineer and analyst, says that Eskom has kept South Africa in the dark both literally ( load-shedding) and figuratively ( lack of communication).

Yelland commented on the situation explaining that the Kusile power station, the multi-billion rand behemoth meant to save SA from its energy crisis, is currently offline:

"After 11 years of constructions, currently, as we speak, not a single generator unit at Eskom's massive 4800 MV Kusile power station is running."

Hartmut Winkler, a physicist, also weighed in on Eskom's lack of communication:

"As "normal", Eskom won't give details of the problem. Which plants/units are down, why, and how long to fix. It is high time Eskom stops their 80s era securocrat culture and takes the public into its confidence."

Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko says this most recent development is the worst he has seen thus far:

"The unplanned plant breakdowns at Eskom today is 12300MW. In case you don't have a feel of this; It is equivalent of 12 Medupi Power Station units plus 4 Duvha Power Station units offline due to breakdowns. This is the worst performance I have seen at Eskom in my experience."

Anton Eberhard, an energy policy advisor and specialist says that:

"Now we even have power cuts at night. Demand is lowest then and Eskom usually has spare generating capacity to pump water up to higher dams which can then generate hydroelectricity during peak demand periods. So many power stations are broken it can’t even do this adequately."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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