No Quick Fix, Persevere – President Ramaphosa urges citizens
Power company Eskom says it is keeping the lights off in order to manage its emergency generation reserves. The generation units at the power plants in Camden, Kriel, Majuba, and Matla have been offline for maintenance since last week.
A generating unit at Hendrina and two at Kusile power stations were put back in operation, but the power utility still faces difficulties obtaining diesel, which makes it unlikely that rotational power cuts will be eased anytime soon. According to Eye Witness News, the capacity restrictions are anticipated to last the entire week, with most of the time experiencing stage 3 blackouts.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the public to be patient because the situation is complicated and has acknowledged that the nation won’t be able to end load shedding in the short term due to the erratic performance of Eskom’s fleet of coal-fired power plants.
This is because Stage 3 load shedding will continue to be implemented between 00:00 and 16:00 until Thursday, and Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented every day during the evening peak hours between 16:00 and 00:00. Eskom announced this on Sunday.
Although there is no quick fix, President Ramaphosa noted in his weekly newsletter that progress has been made in carrying out the additional actions announced in July, even though the results might not be felt right away.
“As we work with greater urgency to fix the immediate problem of an unreliable power system, we are also busy laying the groundwork for a sustainable, lasting solution to the country’s electricity woes.”
The President has reiterated the government’s immediate objective, which is to address power plant breakdowns in order to lessen the intensity and frequency of load shedding.
Considering the average age of power plants, he said this presents a significant challenge and that necessary intervals for critical maintenance were not always met in the past.
Discussions about relaxing local content requirements for spare parts and using the equipment manufacturers to perform maintenance are in progress in an effort to ensure that critical maintenance is carried out without delay.
Source: Energy Ghana