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Eskom Makes Progress Toward Ending Load Shedding With New Kusile Unit Online

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Eskom Makes Progress Toward Ending Load Shedding With New Kusile Unit Online

Eskom has successfully brought another unit of the Kusile Power Station back online, providing an additional 800MW to the national electricity grid. This achievement comes after unit 3 was restored to operation at the end of September, with only unit 2 remaining to be added.

Eskom Makes Progress Toward Ending Load Shedding With New Kusile Unit Online

The combined return of units 1 and 3 now contributes 1,600MW to the grid, marking significant progress towards reducing and eventually ending load shedding in South Africa.

Minister’s Praise

South Africa’s Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, welcomed the return of unit 1 and noted its positive impact on the stability of generation performance. He highlighted that the unit’s return occurred ahead of schedule.

The third remaining unit is anticipated to return in November 2023, and unit 5 is set to commence commercial operation in December 2023.

These developments affirm Eskom’s commitment to reducing and ultimately ending load shedding in the country.

Background on Kusile Units

Kusile’s units 1, 2, and 3 were idled for nearly a year due to safety concerns and licensing restrictions. The failure of the Kusile West stack in October 2022 led to the decommissioning of these three generating units.

A temporary solution was implemented, erecting three temporary stacks that did not include flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) plants, enabling the units’ return to service

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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