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South Africa’s electricity production, consumption decreases

Both electricity production and consumption decreased in December, according to Statistics SA.

Total electricity generation was 2% lower in 2015 compared to 2014. The 2% decrease in annual electricity production followed a decrease of 0.6% in 2014 and a decrease of 0.6% in 2013.

Total electricity consumption was 1.5% lower in 2015 compared to 2014. The 1.5% decrease in annual electricity consumption followed an increase of 0.2% in 2014 and a decrease of 0.4% in 2013.

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday there would be no load shedding for the rest of summer and going into winter.

Eskom’s unplanned maintenance decreased by 10% in the third quarter of 2015, compared to 17.69% for the same period of 2014. Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) usage has decreased by 66% from October 2015 to January 2016.

Eskom chairperson Baldwin Ngubane said the commercial operation of Medupi’s unit 6, which came online in August 2015 had contributed to improved performance of the power grid.

Fin 24

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