'It is clear that there are operational and technical challenges within Eskom'

CEO of the South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Sicelo Xulu is part of a panel of experts appointed by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to compile an in-depth, independent audit of all Eskom power stations and understand its technical problems.

Xulu joined Karima Brown on her show to share details on some of the work he and the team will embark on.

He says it is clear that there are operational and technical challenges within the utility.

For instance, if you look at the plant unavailability due to schedule one planned maintenance that is a big issue.

Sicelo Xulu, CEO - South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers

If you also look at the delays in terms commissioning the Medupi and Kusile plants, that is also an issue. It is a combination of issues.

Sicelo Xulu, CEO - South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers

There is a procurement part of it that needs to be looked at that sometimes results in poor workmanship and inferior quality of equipment that is bought at a particular point in time.

Sicelo Xulu, CEO - South Africa Institute of Electrical Engineers

Click on the link below to hear more from Xulu...


This article first appeared on 702 : 'It is clear that there are operational and technical challenges within Eskom'


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