Monday, December 05, 2005

Eskom told to explain power cuts

The National Electricity Regulator has instructed Eskom to report on the causes of widespread power interruptions that occurred in the Western Cape during November. Eskom has also been told to come up with measures to reduce the likelihood of these interruptions happening again. NER spokesperson Nhlanhla Cebekhulu said that the present capacity to supply the load in the Western Cape depends on the availability of supply from Koeberg as well as from the generation pool in Mpumalanga. In all three incidents during November, these supply points were not available. Cebekhulu said the NER would put pressure on Eskom to ensure that the chances of failure of equipment is minimised.


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