Eskom hopes to add 300 megawatts to national grid before winter

Yesterday a unit at the Ingula Hydro Power Station in KZN was successfully synchronised.

The Bramhoek Dam in KwaZulu-Natal, which forms part of Eskom’s Ingula power scheme. Picture: AdriaanduPlessis/Eskom

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said it hopes over 300 megawatts will be added to the grid before winter which will greatly reduce the risk of load shedding.

This week the utility's CEO Brian Molefe emphasised his team will do whatever it takes to avoid rolling blackouts.

Yesterday, Molefe and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, announced a unit at the Ingula Hydro Power Station in Kwa-Zulu-Natal has been successfully synchronised.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "In terms of our plan before the winter season this year, we should be having that unit fully commercially operational. And then at the same time, we've already started with a second unit which is unit four."