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Eskom Announces Its Longest Continuous Load-Shedding Break in a Year

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Eskom Announces Its Longest Continuous Load-Shedding Break in a Year

Eskom Announces Its Longest Continuous Load-Shedding: Eskom, the South African power utility, has announced that it will extend the suspension of Eskom load-shedding until Monday evening, October 2, 2023.

Eskom Announces Its Longest Continuous Load-Shedding Break in a Year

This decision comes as a result of several factors, including the return to service of Kusile Unit 3, improved generation performance, and lower-than-anticipated electricity demand. Eskom had initially planned to reintroduce stage 2 load-shedding on Sunday afternoon.

Continued Monitoring and Potential Changes

Eskom emphasized that it will closely monitor the power system and promptly communicate any changes regarding load-shedding if necessary. The utility’s goal is to provide uninterrupted power supply during this extended period.

A Historic Break from Load-Shedding

If Eskom adheres to its schedule, this will mark a significant milestone, as it would have suspended load-shedding for 59 hours. This period represents the longest reprieve from rotational blackouts since early September 2022.

Comparison to Previous Load-Shedding Breaks

In 2023, the longest break from load-shedding before this announcement was 42 hours, which occurred in March. The last time South Africa experienced two consecutive days without load-shedding in 2022 was on October 29 and 30, with an additional 5 hours on October 31, totaling 53 hours without blackouts.

Recovery of Kusile Unit 3

Eskom successfully returned Kusile Unit 3 to service on Saturday, marking the end of nearly a year of downtime. This unit, along with Units 1 and 2, was taken offline following a part of the flue-gas desulphurisation duct (FGD) collapse in late October 2022.

Future Unit Returns and Increased Capacity

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are scheduled to return to service by the end of October and November 2023, respectively. Eskom plans to use temporary stacks until March 2025 for these units while conducting full repairs to the FGD structure.

These temporary stacks will result in emissions exceeding legal limits, thanks to an exemption granted by the National Air Quality Officer.

Additionally, Eskom intends to synchronize Kusile Unit 5 to the grid, adding a maximum potential capacity of 2,880MW, which is approximately equivalent to the power shed during three stages of load-shedding.

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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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