Eskom embarks on 'maintenance festival'

The power giant will increase its maintenance plans next month due to lower electricity demand.

Brian Molefe

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the utility will increase its maintenance plans next month due to the low electricity demand during the festive season.

To date, the power giant has had 90 days without load shedding, with the exception of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The company says the performance of the generation fleet has stabilised, with unplanned outages below the target of 7,000MW.

Eskom says it will embark on what it calls a "maintenance festival" next month.

So far there is no load shedding expected for the rest of the summer.

CEO Brian Molefe says the utility has performed three times more maintenance work this past winter than usual.

"This summer is likely to be hotter than the previous year, with a higher expected demand in electricity throughout the day as consumers switch on air conditioners."

He adds the utility plans to meet the demand for electricity and that the capacity outlook until at least August next year is healthy.