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GDF Suez in talks to build two SA power stations

Engineering News 29 June 2010.

South Africa said it was in advanced talks with GDF Suez for the French energy company to build two new power stations in the country at an estimated cost of R5-billion…

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/gdf-suez-in-talks-to-build-two-sa-power-stations-2010-06-29

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  • These “power stations” are diesel-powered generators that are used for power generation during peak periods, mainly in the early evening. Diesel generators are relatively expensive to run (about R2.50/kWh at current prices), compared to Eskom’s average of around R0.24/kWh.

    However, we have a much cheaper way to meet the peak demand and that is through demand response (where customers are persuaded to reduce their electricity consumption at peak times through tariff incentives). Another way is to harness the power of thousands of unused, privately-owned stand-by diesel generators – several studies have identified 3 000 to 3 500 MW of such capacity in our cities.

    We certainly don’t want the DoE to waste our tax money on this unnecessary peaking capacity – lets first use what we have got. How do we stop the DoE? By participating in the IRP2 consultations and applying pressure wherever we can.

  • These “power stations” are diesel-powered generators that are used for power generation during peak periods, mainly in the early evening. Diesel generators are relatively expensive to run (about R2.50/kWh at current prices), compared to Eskom’s average of around R0.24/kWh.

    However, we have a much cheaper way to meet the peak demand and that is through demand response (where customers are persuaded to reduce their electricity consumption at peak times through tariff incentives). Another way is to harness the power of thousands of unused, privately-owned stand-by diesel generators – several studies have identified 3 000 to 3 500 MW of such capacity in our cities.

    We certainly don’t want the DoE to waste our tax money on this unnecessary peaking capacity – lets first use what we have got. How do we stop the DoE? By participating in the IRP2 consultations and applying pressure wherever we can.

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