JOHANNESBURG, The Board of Directors of South African power utility Eskom, led by Interim Chairman Zethembe Khoza, has expressed its support for the steps taken by the executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, and the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum.
Speaking here Wednesday following a two-day board induction session whereby Eskom’s key performance targets were assessed, Khoza noted that Eskom had not need to implement load-shedding for the past 23 months. The plan is to continue implementing appropriate levels of planned maintenance to ensure long-term plant reliability.
The reduction in unplanned power outages contributed to improvements of plant availability and the resultant sharp reduction in the usage of open cycle gas turbines.
In terms of Eskom’s existing Generation Sustainability Strategy, our aim is to achieve 80 per cent plant availability, 10 per cent planned maintenance and 10 per cent unplanned maintenance over the medium-term. The adherence to regular scheduled maintenance is managed through the Tetris planning tool which schedules outages based on forecasted demand and maintenance requirements,” said Khoza, who was appointed following the resignation of former chairman Ben Ngubane.
A key aspect of this includes having a strict winter and summer maintenance budget that comprises 8.5 gigawatts (GW) for winter and 11.5 GW for summer.”
Khoza welcomed the continued drive by Eskom’s interim Group Chief Executive, Johnny Dladla, to meet with all of Eskom’s critical stakeholders, including employees, in an effort to not only share executive management’s vision, but to also understand the needs of these stakeholders.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK