For South Africa, 2022 is a terrible year at least in terms of energy. The country has never experienced so many power cuts (up to eight hours of cuts per day), due to a park of old coal-fired power stations. Eskom, the public electricity company, victim of unpaid bills, bad governance and acts of predation is crumbling under a debt of some 392.1 billion rand (22.1 billion euros).
The national grid, which is 70% dependent on coal, has reached its limits and is no longer able to provide continuous and stable electricity to the 60 million South Africans. The 1st october, despite an installed capacity of 50,000 MW, Eskom only had 25,300 MW – despite the use of its emergency diesel-powered turbines – not enough to meet the needs estimated that day at 30,000 MW That day. Next year doesn’t bode well with cuts planned for 49 weeks, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South African.