Eskom almost runs out of power

April 26, 2013
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South Africa’s power capacity exceeded peak demand by the smallest amount since at least January 2012 yesterday, said Eskom, the utility that provides 95 percent of the country’s electricity.

Peak capacity of 33,137 megawatts was 0.8 percent, or 268 megawatts, more than demand, the Johannesburg-based company said in an e-mailed statement.

That’s the narrowest difference since the utility started providing twice-weekly data in January last year.

About 8,919 megawatts, or 21 percent, of its generating capacity was out for maintenance, with almost three-quarters of that being unplanned, it said.

One megawatt is enough to power about 500 to 1,000 homes.

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