Supporting digitalisation of South African power grid


Eskom, the seventh largest utility in the world, generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC region. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Rising population and an increasing demand-supply gap are ongoing challenges, and the utility is constantly looking for ways to address these in multiple ways. This includes long-term initiatives and continuous maintenance and improvement of the power grid, as well as extra capacity, to keep the lights on for millions of households and commercial businesses in South Africa. An increase in the supply of reliable power can significantly support economic growth in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa. Eskom now operates one of the largest installations of ABB Ability-based Network Manager supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and distribution management systems (DMS) – a key component of the utility’s efforts to digitalise its grid. This technology supports more than 75% of the power distributed in the territories served by the utility.

Contact Harmeet Bawa, ABB, Tel 043 317-7111,

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