Eskom says power supply very tight

Engineering News 4 December 2012.

South African power utility Eskom said on Monday that available spare supply on its electricity network had fallen to just over 2% of total capacity owing to a sharp increase in unplanned outages.

In a bi-weekly status update, Eskom said it had 32 326 MW of capacity for the Monday evening peak hours, when people return home and turn on stoves and air conditioners, against forecast demand of 31 389 MW, leaving a buffer of just under 1 000 MW.

The available capacity includes gas-fired emergency reserves…

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