Eskom, the South African power utility, has announced the implementation of Stage 3 load shedding from 4 pm on Friday until 5 am on Saturday. Starting at 5 am on Saturday, Stage 1 and Stage 2 load shedding will be in effect until further notice.
Eskom Enforces Stage 3 Load Shedding Commencing at 4 PM
This rotation will continue daily until Eskom communicates any changes.
Unplanned outages currently stand at 17,507 MW, including the delayed return of Koeberg Unit 1, while 4,783 MW of capacity is out of service for planned maintenance.
Eskom’s teams are working diligently to bring additional generating units back online. The evening peak demand load forecast is 26,002 MW.
Monitoring for Schedule Changes
Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena has emphasized that Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any required changes to the load shedding schedule.
Recent Maintenance and Repairs
During the past 24 hours, Eskom took one generating unit offline each at the Camden, Majuba, and Medupi power stations, as well as two generating units at the Arnot Power Station for repairs.
Simultaneously, two generating units at the Kriel Power Station were returned to service, indicating the ongoing efforts to ensure stable power generation.
A Challenge for South Africa’s Power Supply
The implementation of load shedding is a response to the challenges South Africa faces, including unplanned outages and delayed maintenance of generating units, which continue to affect the country’s electricity supply.
Eskom’s efforts are aimed at resolving these issues to provide a stable power supply for the nation.