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South Africa: Eskom provides backup power

According to a company statement, the power utility has procured two mobile substations to provide backup power for the electricity needs of its customers in the region in the event of planned substation upgrades.

These mobile substations are to be used as temporary backup power to restore electricity supply to customers during instances when substation equipment is defective, or is being repaired, the company elaborated.

Backup power stations

Eskom explained in the statement that the sizes and voltage ratios of these mobile substations are not the same considering the network voltages and types of electricity loads in the province.

The stations have been named Sebata, 40 MVA 132-88/33-22 kV (which means wild beast), and Kganya, 20 MVA 132-89/22-11 kV, meaning brightness or light.

The electricity company said the procurement process for the two mobile substations started three years ago and culminated with their commissioning this year.

Eskom waits on NERSA’s decision

Meanwhile, on Friday last week, Eskom stated that it is to await a decision by the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) on the way forward following a court decision to set aside the regulator’s decision to grant the power utility a tariff increase.

“Eskom notes the judgment by the Gauteng High Court on the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) and will await a decision on the way forward by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa,” a company statement read.

This announcement follows after the South Gauteng High Court last week ruled that the correct methodology had not been followed by Eskom when it requested an additional tariff increase.

It is reported that applicants who brought the application before the court, asked the court that the ZAR11.2 billion ($829 million) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) increase to Eskom’s tariff be declared unlawful.

In March this year, NERSA granted the power utility a 9.4% tariff increase for the 2016/17 financial year, which became effective from 1 April and applied to Eskom’s direct customers. Tariffs for municipal customers were effective from 1 July.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.