SA: Eskom kicks off new power sources programme

source: IOL
Jo-Anne Smetherham
February 29 2008 at 10:53AM

Eskom has kicked off its massive programme of building new power plants, bringing mothballed plants back into operation and extending existing power stations, in its effort to double electricity production by 2025.

The power utility has started building one new coal-fired plant, is planning to start another soon and is bringing three mothballed coal plants back into operation.

It has also started to build a pump-storage scheme in the Drakensberg, in which surplus electricity will pump water from a lower to a higher dam, and extensions to its gas plants.

An energy analyst has warned that new plants would be delayed by about five years due to “huge international pressure” for new power stations.

In other countries new plants are already years behind [continue reading]

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