South Africa to host POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

3186143355 4840fb7620 zEskom said that great strides have been made in reducing load shedding and stepping up power infrastructure maintenance in South Africa. (Image Source: caveman_92223/Flickr)POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2016 will be held from 19–21 July at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, with a strong focus on renewable energy, sustainable power generation and distribution

Under the theme ‘Creating power for sustainable growth’, the event features Eskom as host. The company recently briefed stakeholders ahead of the event. Eskom said that great strides have been made in load shedding and stepping up power infrastructure maintenance in South Africa.

According to Eskom, renewable energy offers significant potential to provide affordable power to rural areas across the continent. The event provides an opportunity to African power sector players to learn from international examples and make their way into the nxt generation power generation and distribution.

Willy Majola, senior general manager, generation sustainability at Eskom, speaking on behalf of Matshela Koko, group executive generation at Eskom, said, “Since August last year, we have not done any load shedding. To achieve this remarkable performance, we have stepped up maintenance and we are bringing more generation capacity online.

On the transmission side, Eskom is rolling out 765kV lines for more efficient bulk distribution, and has installed over 6,000km of transmission lines in the past seven years. On the distribution side, we have electrified over 4.6mn households since 1991.”

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