What happens to South Africa if the Eskom grid collapses?
We hate loadshedding, but it’s the only thing standing between us and a total collapse of the grid which would plunge the country into darkness for weeks
A collapse of the grid leading to a total blackout will take 30 to 60 seconds if it happens – then there will be no electricity from the grid anywhere for weeks
Such a blackout has occurred in a number of countries before – it is a possibility here
The Eskom crisis is intensifying.
Since election day, South Africa has hardly had reliable electricity at all.
The Eskom grid is extremely vulnerable; what does that mean, and what happens if it collapses?
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Professor Thinus Booysen of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch (scroll up to listen).
Booysen explained in much detail how the grid operates, and why a collapse could plunge the entire country into darkness for weeks.
The whole grid operates on 50 hertz… When demand outstrips supply, that 50 hertz go down slightly… If generators… can’t bear the brunt they start to turn off… One by one, the generators will shut down if nothing is done to demand. Then we have a blackout… Getting everything up and running again will take, maybe more than two weeks…Professor Thinus Booysen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Stellenbosch
Loadshedding… if we don’t do it, we’ll be in deep trouble, where we don’t have any electricity for two weeks, and you can just imagine what that’s going to do to our country…Professor Thinus Booysen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Stellenbosch
It [blackout] is definitely not impossible. The really scary thing is, if it happens, it’s going to take 30 to 60 seconds to occur. Every time there is an unscheduled blackout, I go into a state of panic… It has happened in India, Brazil, Canada, the States…Professor Thinus Booysen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Stellenbosch
The national control centre in Germiston really deserves praise…Professor Thinus Booysen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Stellenbosch
We’re running these things [old coal-fired power stations] as hot as we can without maintaining them… We’re paying the debts of years gone by…Professor Thinus Booysen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - University of Stellenbosch
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