SA power supply a concern from 2011: Eskom


South Africa’s power supply is seen as a serious concern from 2011 onwards until new power stations come onstream and as the country needs to replace ageing plants, state-owned utility Eskom says.

Erica Johnson, Eskom’s chief officer for customer network business, said the country needs to build an additional 20 gigawatts of power by 2020 and 40 gigawatts by 2030 to meet fast rising demand in Africa’s biggest economy. “From 2011, our maintenance window will start to be constrained … adequacy of supply is a serious concern in 2011 and beyond,” she told an Africa power conference in Johannesburg.

But she was confident that the utility would be able to ensure supply for the World Cup, to be held in South Africa in June, would be adequate. She said the additional demand as a result of the one-month soccer event is estimated at 275 MW.