Reshaping KwaZulu-Natal’s Energy Landscape
KwaZulu-Natal’s Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, projects that the province may soon outrun others in escaping the clutches of load shedding, once bureaucratic barriers are tackled.
Post her recent cabinet consultation with Electricity Minister Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa in Durban, Dube-Ncube expressed optimism. The premier shared that the productive exchange concluded with the minister’s commitment to alleviate the procedural bottlenecks impeding private energy and gas firms from contributing a significant 455 megawatts to the power grid.
Gas-to-Energy Companies Ready to Contribute
According to the premier, several gas-to-energy corporations are standing by to supply the requisite 455MW. This substantial addition to the grid would, at the very least, greatly alleviate, if not entirely eradicate, load shedding within the province.
Specifically, a company based out of Richards Bay has expressed readiness to step in as soon as the bureaucratic red tape is cleared.
“We are encouraged by our engagements with Minister Ramokgopa and we will make these good announcements and the country will see the light and where load shedding will be a thing of the past,” said the premier.
Reviving Power and Sub-Stations
During their discussion, the premier also highlighted the power and sub-stations currently mothballed within the province. The minister was informed of their locations and pledged to address the matter.
Turning the Tables on Load Shedding
Dr. Ramokgopa appears to be successfully turning the tide against load shedding. Since his appointment, the minister has prioritized the continuous maintenance of power stations, which has progressively brought down the stages of load shedding from an initial six to stage 1 recently.
The minister, backed by a team of engineers, seems to have averted the much-feared total grid collapse, earlier speculated to hit with the onset of the winter season. This prior announcement had induced widespread panic among residents and the business community alike.