According to Eskom Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer, Eskom is responsible for the expiration of the contract to find maintenance failures early.
Eskom is currently working to maintain its aging power fleet, and there are seven generators that have failed due to boiler tube leaks.
Oberholzer briefed the press with other senior officials of Eskom and Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan.
End of contract 18 months ago
Oberholzer said the contract to early detect defects in the extensive piping network inside the boiler ended 18 months ago and has not yet been renewed. They want a new bid by the end of the week.
With the early detection system of boiler tube leakage, Eskom was able to plan for equipment outage. Power companies are working to solve problems when they are present, and complex processes typically take about a week.
In a media briefing, Gordhan said Eskom is discussing with the Treasury and the Audit Office on guidelines for allowing emergency procurement processes for maintenance and diesel purchases.
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe said that by operating an open-cycle gas turbine as a last resort, the power plant burned 20-25 meters of diesel and there are no diesel stocks available in South Africa, except for automobiles and small utilities.
The power company expects to release diesel cargo in a few days and relieve the pressure on the grid at the weekend.
In addition to Eskom's depression, the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power plant lost 150 megawatts of power in the devastation caused by the Triopical Cyclone Idai.
Gordon said he can not comment on when the shutdown will end. He needs additional information based on a technical investigation of the plant and has promised that this information will be available within the next 10-14 days.