What it will take for Eskom to keep going
If the Integrated Resource Plan, on which SA is way behind, isn’t properly implemented, we’ll kiss Eskom goodbye
The COO of Eskom warned (https://techcentral.co.za/eskom-coos-urgent-plea-stop-talking-start-building/210997/) in May that the government should urgently start building new generating capacity. He was referring to a new build programme which has existed for at least a decade.
The country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (https://www.scribd.com/document/431120196/Doe-Irp-2019-October-2019-Correct#from_embed), a cabinet-approved document, sets out the timelines for decommissioning coal-fired power stations and adding 44GW of new capacity, including 18GW of wind energy and 8GW of solar (photovoltaic).
SA is already way behind on this programme, limping along with antique power stations and regular power cuts that are estimated (https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/loadshedding-will-negatively-affect-sas-economic-recovery-sacci/) to cost the economy about R15.6m an hour...