1)... Its NOT a peaker plant.Punx0r wrote: ↑Feb 14, 2018 7:33 amIf one 211MW reciprocating peaker plant makes a 1600MW coal plant redundant then that is a massive gain in efficiency
Why on earth would you criticise the capacity factor of a peaker plant? "This piece of equipment that is designed to run briefly every now and again doesn't run 100% of the time!"
2)... It will NOT replace the older GAS fired thermal plants, because the state is constantly having to import 500-600 MW of power from neibouring states, so they cannot cut any other generating capacity .
3)... This plant is designed to operate as a fast starting back up plant for when the wind farms fall short on wind, (which happens almost daily in SA ). and means the plant will be running for periods of 12-48 hours continuously at times.