South AfricaEskom announced on Monday that it had successfully performed the first part of its planned maintenance drive, dubbed the ‘maintenance festival’ on 2 303 MW of generating plant, successfully returning 1 453 MW of generating capacity back to service over this period.

Eskom achieved this without having to load shed since Friday, April 24, 2015, having used its emergency reserves, open-cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes to augment capacity while the maintenance drive was under way.

The focus of the maintenance festival is to ensure long-term reliability of the plant as well as restore units that are currently offline due to technical faults,” says Eskom acting chief executive Brian Molefe.

The maintenance drive is being bolstered by Eskom as about 64% of its current installed base-load power stations are past their midlife, requiring longer outages and extended restoration time than planned.

Despite its efforts this week, Eskom reminds users that the power system continues to remain significantly constrained and will be so for the rest of this week.

Eskom therefore calls on all customers to continue reducing the load on the electricity grid.

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