'Power supply will be tight in 2014'
Chris Yellend says Eskom seems to have a number of problems and expects supply to be tight.
JOHANNESBURG - Energy expert Chris Yelland says Eskom appears to have a number of problems and expects electricity supply to be tight this year.
"Unplanned outages are at an unacceptably high level so the supply side is lower than what Eskom would like."
It's been reported that load-shedding is likely for two weeks each month for the next three months, but the utility has denied this.
But Eskom says while maintenance being done between now and March will keep electricity supply tight, there are no formal plans for load-shedding.
Yelland said he doesn't foresee the Medupi power station coming online before the end of the year.
The construction of the station has experienced several setbacks.
Welding problems and fraudulent sub-contracting documents have been cited as the main reasons for the delay.
The first electricity from the power station was initially due to come online at the end of 2013, but Eskom announced in July last year that the plant would not be ready on time and the project would only be completed in the second half of 2014.