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Eskom Elevates Load Shedding to Higher Levels Indefinitely

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Eskom Elevates Load Shedding to Higher Levels Indefinitely

Eskom, the South African power utility, has declared the implementation of stage 2 load shedding, effective from 05:00 on Friday. This decision comes in response to the malfunctioning of four units at its power stations and the need to replenish its reserves for the upcoming week.

Eskom Elevates Load Shedding to Higher Levels Indefinitely

Despite recent improvements in generating capacity and the early return of a unit at Kusile, the country’s outlook for rolling blackouts remains precarious, with the situation liable to change abruptly.

Causes of Load Shedding:

  • Unit Breakdowns: Eskom initiated stage 2 load shedding due to the breakdown of four units at its power stations, impacting electricity supply.
  • Reserve Replenishment: Eskom aims to rebuild its reserves to ensure sufficient power availability for the week ahead.

Recent Load Shedding Trends:

  • Temporary Relief: Eskom had temporarily alleviated load shedding during the week, mainly suspending outages during the day and only escalating to stage 2 in the evenings.
  • Improved Generating Capacity: The power utility saw improvements in its generating capacity.
  • Early Unit Return: A unit at Kusile was brought back online ahead of schedule, contributing to the reduction in load shedding.

Current System Status:

  • Code Red Situation: Eskom’s latest system report indicates a ‘Code Red’ situation across the board.
  • Projected Supply Shortfalls: The report projects 52 weeks of supply shortfalls exceeding 2,000MW, equivalent to at least 2 stages of load shedding.

Load Shedding Risk Assessment:

  • Planned and Likely Scenarios: Eskom provides both a “planned” risk level and a “likely” risk scenario based on assumptions of unavailable megawatts.
  • Baseline Assumptions: These assumptions are derived from the last week of operational data.
  • Current Assessment: The assessment assumes that 16,000MW will be unavailable due to unplanned outages, with reserves of 2,200MW, resulting in a “planned” scenario of around 18,200MW offline. The “likely” scenario raises this to approximately 20,200MW.

Summer Load Shedding Plan:

  • Reduced Forecasts: Eskom’s summer plan envisions a narrower range of outages between 14,500MW and 17,500MW, in contrast to the broader “planned” scenarios.
  • Target Scenarios: Eskom aims to maintain unplanned outages below 14,500MW to minimize load shedding, with a maximum level of stage 4.

Conclusion:

Eskom continues to face challenges in ensuring a stable electricity supply, with load shedding expected to persist despite efforts to enhance generating capacity and manage unplanned outages. The situation remains dynamic, with ongoing assessments and adjustments to meet electricity demand, especially during the summer months.

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Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

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Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

Power utility Eskom has initiated Stage 3 load shedding starting from 4 pm and continuing until 5 am. This load shedding pattern will be followed by Stage 1 and 2 power cuts. The breakdown of certain generating units has necessitated these power cuts.

Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

In the last 24 hours, one generating unit each from Camden, Majuba, and Medupi power stations, along with two generating units at Arnot power station, were taken offline for necessary repairs.

Simultaneously, two generating units at Kriel power station have been restored to service.

Eskom’s teams are diligently working to expedite the return of additional generating units to active service.

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