In South Africa, Eskom, the national electricity company, intends to buy the surplus electricity from the country’s power plants. According to experts, this offer is proof that the company doubts its ability to meet short-term electricity demand based solely on the production of its own power plants.
Eskom produces almost 90% of the electricity consumed in the country. However, it has problems with electricity supply due to the failures of its coal plants which lack maintenance.
The South African electric company has therefore issued a call for proposals, inviting all power stations with more than 5 MW of capacity, willing to sell their production to come forward. Electricity purchase contracts that will be signed at the end of this process will have a maximum period of 36 months.
“Since the short-term objective of this tender is to reduce constraints on the power grid, any unused capacity should be available to be relaunched and generate electricity as quickly as possible,” says the Eskom in its call for proposals.
Remember that the country is frequently subject to load shedding which sometimes deprives it of 4,000 MW of electricity.
Source: Agence Ecofin