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ESI Africa Edition 1, 2013

South Africa’s electricity sector is in trouble, and has been for some time. There are days when the supply available to meet peak demand is less than the capacity of a single large generation unit available to Eskom, which means margins for error let alone reserve margins are non-existent. This is in spite of the fact that Eskom is running peaking open cycle gas turbines at an estimated cost of R2.50/kWh for extended periods, plants which are viable economically only if run for less than 5% of the time.

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