How many Eskom power stations are there in South Africa?
Eskom’s Generation Division has 13 coal-fired power stations with an installed capacity of 37 745 MW. Their total net output, excluding the power consumed by their auxiliaries and generators currently in reserve storage, is 34 952 MW.
Why are we using coal in South Africa?
SA has abundant coal reserves. Coal-fired power stations are reliable. South Africa’s infrastructure to generate electricity from coal is well established. Burning coal is the most cost-effective and energy efficient way of generating electricity.
How many megawatts Does South Africa need?
In the years to come South Africa needs to build about 40,000 megawatt of new generation capacity to meet demand requirements. According to the National Development Plan 17,800 megawatt should be provided by renewable energies.