Most of the Country’s Power Generators are operating in Gauteng
The simple fact that the smallest of the nation’s nine provinces is also the most populous is not hard to explain. As a region that featured prominently in the Witwatersrand Gold Rush, this led, inevitably, to the growth of many important support industries and opportunities for traders. Not surprisingly, Johannesburg became a magnet for those in search of work and this, in turn, made possible an even greater expansion into many new areas of industry and commerce. Today, this relatively small portion of the former Transvaal is home to almost a quarter of the nation’s people. It is little wonder, therefore, that the majority of its diesel generators are also to be found among the homes and businesses in Gauteng.
It is not just the industrial areas of the Place of Gold that create the massive demand for electrical power. The neighbouring administrative capital of Pretoria is also set among some of the nation’s most strategic and busiest industries that add considerably to the region’s growing hunger for megawatts. At the end of the day, when all of the province’s workers return to their homes, the demand continues and has been made even greater with the introduction of TV and the many other, energy-hungry modern appliances.
While industries strive to produce more widgets in less time, consumers now have a need to recharge mobile phones, iPods, tablets, and laptop PCs, in addition to operating their more mundane electrical appliances. Unfortunately, only those in Gauteng who own generators can now guarantee their ability to do these things whenever it may prove necessary.
Due to their remote location in areas beyond those served by the national power grid, many mining and agricultural operations have been required to depend upon their own power sources. However, today this need has become more widespread. In simple terms, the demand for electrical energy has grown to a point where the national supplier can no longer meet it. Investment in new power stations and upgrades to those already operating are vital to restore the balance but is hampered by lack of funding. Eskom has responded with a combination of tariff hikes and conservative measures that have driven many factories, businesses and private citizens across South Africa, and especially in Gauteng, to purchase generators.
For home use, there is a wide range of petrol-driven models from which to choose. However, the selection process should not be based upon a unit’s price but upon its power output and this will be determined by the facilities it is required to support. Thus, if you only need to power your lighting and TV, and to provide charging facilities for cell phones and the like, the power requirement and, the price will be far lower than if you are seeking a unit that can power your entire house as normal. It is also worth noting that electric fires and similar heating devices can increase the overall power demand considerably, and that electrical appliances consume more power when starting up than when they are running normally.
Obviously, these same constraints apply to the generators used by industries in Gauteng although, in this case, it is even more crucial to observe them. Naturally, the increased power requirement makes the use of diesel-driven models essential, while the need to provide backup units for emergencies is also a given. Careful calculation of the load requirements under all conditions is an essential first step when setting out to establish a new manufacturing plant; expanding the operation of an existing operation or catering for contingencies such as power failures or planned load shedding.
Because needs vary widely between users, there are no universal solutions. To ensure that the power requirements of their manufacturing plants are catered for safely and adequately, many clients now choose a bespoke installation from industry leader; PacB Power Solutions.
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