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South Africa seeks solutions to electricity shortage

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 16/12/2014 (14:05)
South Africa has been suffering from continuous power shortages and it is reported through local media sources that the shortages reached the worst levels seen since 2008 in December. Power plant failures and emergency maintenances along with insufficient infrastructure are reportedly contributing to this situation.

In an interview, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe stated, “The cabinet remains concerned over the disruptive effect of the recent power outages, which have had a visible affect on households and businesses across the country.”

South Africa is planning to increase its gas imports to supply its under-fuelled power plants, which should help to add 500-2,500 megawatts to the grid, according to the cabinet. The gas is most likely to be obtained from Mozambique.

South Africa is targeting to launch a private sector-led coal-fired power plant program by January 2015. This plant is anticipated to add 2,500 megawatts to the country’s electricity grid.
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