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Nigerian energy crisis to be resolved, dealing with the loadshed, Koeberg online

Image of people in Lagos, Nigeria lining up to get fuel at local fuel stations. Credit: AFP

Nigeria fuel shortage impacts flights, infamous Lagosian traffic, telecoms, banks

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: while playing a Lagosian, resident roving traffic and tech guy Aki Anastasiou has been caught in the middle of Nigeria's fuel crisis, which is reportedly going to be resolved today:

I arrived last night to a city where I've been before and the traffic is always a nightmare, but surprisingly, there wasn't too much traffic last night because the country is facing a major fuel crisis at the moment. (On the knock-on effects of the fuel crisis) yesterday for instance, most ATMs in the country weren't working, many of the banks had stopped operating. Many of the radio stations have reduced their broadcast time - just public services really slowing down because everyone is so heavily dependant on generators and there isn't enough supply of diesel in the country at the moment. There's also the whole dispute between the government, the marketers and the wholesalers over the price of unpaid bills which amount to something like a billion dollars, but we're hearing reports today that there will be million of litres of fuel that will be released later today. But we have been seeing a lot of people with barrells of fuel and the price of fuel has gone up four times in the black market. Even the mobile communicators say their generators are going to run out of fuel and the communications infrastructure has been affected. Flights are even affected, where flights have to leave Lagos, refuel in neighbouring countries and the leave for set destinations. Like a flight from Joburg into Lagos has been delayed by two hours because it first has to fly into Accra (in Ghana), refuel there and then fly into Lagos.

How to make your way around load shedding

Image: EWN

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: as we head into the colder, darker months of winter, electricity usage will put a severe strain on the grid during certain times of the day. Although Eskom have promised that we won’t have loadshedding in winter, we still need to be prepared for them. Renewable Energy consultant, David Lipschitz with suggestions on coping with loadshedding:

I don't know if it's going to be as bad as it is now, but certainly for the next four years, we are going to have load shedding, especially in the winter months. The only reason we are doing maintenance now in the winter months is because we haven't done maintenance in the past. Be energy efficient and try to buy appliances that don't use too much energy, for instance laptops use a fifth of the energy of a desktop computer. People are using lights that switch on automatically during load shedding as well. See if you can invest in batteries, for running your TV, computers and maybe your (electric) gates.

Koeberg unit 1 to return in time for winter demand

Image: Eskom

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: in Cape Town, Koeberg’s unit 1 was taken down for refueling in February, and is due to be brought back onto the grid this week. At the time of Koeberg unit 1 being taken down, energy experts raised fears that this could put the country’s energy situation on edge and may increase rolling electricity backouts in the country. Eskom Spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe:

In winter, we actually scale down our maintenance program, due to demand on the system and our maintenance having taken place in summer and many of the machines there will be ready to meet the winter demand. There will be some units that will be taken offline, but we will ensure that those units taken offline aren't compromising the security of power supply. 10000 megawatts are generally taken down in summer and we'll keep the taking down now to less than 5000 megawatts. We are looking at 5 units from that will be taken offline for maintenance, so that will be 5000 megawatts.

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