- 4 May 2007
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Load shedding is here to stay guys, best get your tools out and start building those UPS systems.
Stott said South Africans need to be aware that load shedding is a reality to deal with for the next few years. "[Load shedding] is not short-term until we construct large power stations." said Stott. "Demand and supply are very tight."
Load shedding could continue for the next five to seven years. During this time, Eskom is looking at various sources of energy. New gas turbines are to be built and a coal power plant is to be completed in 2012, he said.
Renewable energy sources, including a 100-megawatt wind facility in Vredendal and a solar thermal plant in Upington, are also being considered.
Eskom is trying to get approval for nuclear energy plans scheduled for construction in 2010.
The possibility of importing electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo is also under consideration, said Stott. -- Sapa