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Eskom needs 1 400km of new transmission lines a year. Last year it managed 74km

Eskom requires 1 400km of new transmission lines per year for ten years. (energyy/ Getty Images)

Eskom requires 1 400km of new transmission lines per year for ten years. (energyy/ Getty Images)

Eskom has failed dismally over the past year to build the new transmission lines it planned despite the urgent need to expand the grid so that more new capacity can be connected. 

Grid constraints, especially in the Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape – prime regions for renewable energy – have prevented new wind and solar projects from proceeding over the past year. Grid expansion is a key priority in the government’s energy action plan. 

Over the 2023/24 financial year, Eskom had planned to build 166km of transmission lines in five projects. However, only three projects, making up 74km of lines, were completed, and none of the lines have yet been “energised” or switched on, Eskom said in answer to questions on Wednesday.

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