Eskom Expects Lower Load Shedding: Eskom’s management discussed the State of the System and Summer Outlook during a recent media briefing. The utility stated that while Eskom load shedding has significant economic and societal impacts, it is necessary to maintain power system stability and prevent blackouts.
Eskom Expects Lower Load Shedding This Summer
According to the immediate Summer Outlook, load shedding can be limited to Stage 4 if unplanned load losses remain below 14,500 megawatts.
Eskom highlighted the importance of adding 2,880MW from the Kusile Power Station to bridge the supply-demand gap. Eskom Acting Group CEO Calib Cassim emphasized the return of Kusile units, particularly the three linked to temporary stacks, which will contribute 2,160MW. Additionally, unit 5 will be synchronized with the system, resulting in a total capacity increase of 2,880MW from Kusile during the summer period.
Cassim acknowledged budget constraints and Eskom’s need to adhere to debt-relief conditions. Eskom’s budget for the financial year is approximately R30 billion, including expenditure on generation open cycle gas turbines (OCGT) and independent power producers (IPPs).
Regarding the Koeberg nuclear power station, Cassim mentioned ongoing work on the steam generator for unit 1, scheduled for completion on November 3. Following this, unit 2 will undergo a steam generator replacement, with no additional capacity expected from Koeberg for the summer outlook.
The performance of various power stations was discussed, with some stations, including Camden, Duvha, Hendrina, Lethabo, Majuba, Medupi, and Peaking, showing good performance, while others performed below expected levels.