Eskom ca­pac­ity that is ei­ther bro­ken or un­der main­te­nance

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Eskom has a nom­i­nal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 47 000MW. Of that, about 17 000MW were off­line last week. Some of this was planned shut­downs for main­te­nance, but mostly it was ow­ing to bro­ken-down power sta­tions. In­cluded in the off­line ca­pac­ity were a num­ber of units un­der ‘re­serve stor­age’. Each sta­tion has four to six gen­er­a­tion units. Twelve units in the Eskom fleet are in re­serve stor­age. Two of these sim­ply broke down and would be too ex­pen­sive to fix, while 10 more were shut down be­cause the power util­ity can­not af­ford to keep main­tain­ing them. Com­pound­ing this, Eskom cur­rently can­not find enough diesel to run its emer­gency peak­ing plants at full ca­pac­ity, while the brand-new units al­ready up and run­ning at the Medupi and Kusile power sta­tions are not pro­duc­ing what they were meant to ow­ing to an ap­par­ent laun­dry list of prob­lems, in­clud­ing fun­da­men­tal de­sign er­rors and shoddy work­man­ship

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