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South Africa: Electricity Generation Capacity and Consumption [free access]

March 14, 2017

South Africa’s electricity sector is dominated by the state-owned, vertically integrated power utility Eskom.

 

As of March 2016, South Africa had an installed generation capacity of 42,884 MW, of which more than 89 per cent was based on thermal resources. The installed capacity in the country increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.68 per cent over the period 2012–16.

 

In March 2016, Eskom added 794 MW of new capacity with the commercial operation of units 3 and 4 of the Ingula pumped-storage hydroelectric project.

 

Table 1: Growth in South Africa's installed electricity capacity (MW)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Hydro

 2,000

 2,000

 2,000

 2,000

 2,794

Thermal

 37,896

 38,200

 38,135

 38,130

 38,130

Wind

 3

 3

 3

 100

 100

Nuclear

 1,830

 1,775

 1,860

 1,860

 1,860

Total

 41,729

 41,978

 41,998

 42,090

 42,884

Note: Data is as of March 30 for the year mentioned. It does not include 5,701 MW of independent power producer (IPP) capacity as of March 2015. For 2013, fuel-wise break up of the actual installed capacity has been estimated.

Source: Eskom; Global Transmission Research

 

In 2016, the total electricity consumption in South Africa was recorded at 214,487 GWh. During 2012–16, electricity consumption decreased at a CAGR of 0.12 per cent.

 

Figure 1: Growth in electricity consumption in South Africa (GWh)

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Source: Eskom