November 23, 2010 / 2:36 PM / 8 years ago

FACTBOX-South Africa's power generation plans

 Nov 23 (Reuters) - South African power utility Eskom
reported a surge in first-half profit on Tuesday, boosted by
higher power tariffs, and said it had secured the necessary
funding to build much-needed power plants. [ID:nLDE6AM0QG]
 Below are details of Eskom's generating capacity.
 * Eskom has a total net maximum capacity of nearly 41,000
megawatts (MW).
 * It operates 13 coal-fired stations and Africa's only
nuclear-powered plant along with other smaller stations.
 * Eskom, established in 1923, generates 95 percent of South
Africa's electricity and 45 percent of Africa's electricity.
 * In January 2008, the utility said it was unable to supply
power to the country's mines, sparking a major energy crisis,
which cost the country billions of dollars in lost production.
 * Eskom plans to invest 440 billion rand ($62.56 billion) in
new power plants over seven years. Some plans had been delayed
as the utility struggled to find all the funds needed.
 * The expansion programme is funded from Eskom's balance
sheet, power tariffs and government support which includes 350
billion rand worth of guarantees, a 20 billion rand equity
injection and a loan of 60 billion rand. In addition, Eskom has
secured funding from international institutions, including a
$3.75 billion loan from the World Bank.
 * Eskom said South Africa would need to add 50,000 MW of new
supply to meet rising demand and to replace ageing plants. 
 * Eskom has said South Africa's power supply is expected to
be tight until 2015, and especially between 2011-12.
 * The government is drafting a new energy supply plan which
could see South Africa halving its reliance on coal by 2030,
with nuclear and renewable energy playing a bigger role in
plugging its power deficit. The plan is expected to be finalised
and made into law by early 2011. 
 * Eskom started construction on the 4,788 MW Medupi power
station in 2007. The first of six units is due in 2012.
 * The first unit of the 4,800 MW Kusile plant is due 2014.
 * The 1,352 MW Ingula hydro-power station is due in 2014.
 * The utility has invested in a wind farm with 50 wind
turbines providing 2 MW of electricity each.
 * The mothballed Camden power station has been
recommissioned and is now fully operational; the Grootvlei and
Komati power plants are also being brought back to service.
 Coal-fired    Total net maximum capacity
 * Kendal      3,840 MW   
 * Majuba      3,843 MW  
 * Matimba     3,690 MW  
 * Lethabo     3,558 MW  
 * Tutuka      3,510 MW  
 * Matla       3,450 MW  
 * Duvha       3,450 MW  
 * Kriel       2,850 MW  
 * Arnot       2,232 MW  
 * Hendrina    1,865 MW  
 * Camden      1,440 MW  
 * Grootvlei     760 MW (Being recommissioned)  
 * Komati        170 MW (Being recommissioned)  
 * Koeberg     1,800 MW   
 Gas/liquid fuel turbine stations    
 * Acacia        171 MW  
 * Ankerlig    1,327 MW  
 * Gourikwa      740 MW  
 * Port Rex      171 MW  
 Hydroelectric stations    
 * Gariep        360 MW  
 * Vanderkloof   240 MW  
 Pumped storage schemes
 * Drakensberg 1,000 MW   
 * Palmiet       400 MW   
 (Sources: Eskom 2010 annual report; Reuters) 
 (Reporting by Agnieszka Flak)

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