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Eskom Extends Load Shedding Suspension: No Power Cuts Until Tuesday

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Eskom Extends Load Shedding Suspension: No Power Cuts Until Tuesday

Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, brings welcome news by extending the suspension of load shedding due to improved generation capacity. The rolling blackouts, originally set to resume on Monday, have been suspended until Tuesday, offering relief to consumers.

Eskom Extends Load Shedding Suspension: No Power Cuts Until Tuesday

Reason for Suspension

Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena explains that the suspension of daytime load shedding is a result of the continued improvement in generation fleet performance and the full recovery of emergency reserves.

This positive development has allowed Eskom to suspend load shedding and schedule its resumption for Tuesday at 16:00.

Load Shedding Schedule

On Tuesday, from 16:00 until 05:00 on Wednesday, Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented.

Following this, load shedding will be suspended from 05:00 until 16:00. The pattern repeats with Stage 1 load shedding from 16:00 until 05:00 on Thursday.

This daily cycle will continue until further notice, with Eskom closely monitoring the situation.

Current Capacity and Demand

Eskom currently manages breakdowns totaling 13,559MW, while planned maintenance affects 4,765MW of generation capacity. The demand forecast for the evening peak is 25,054MW. Eskom will promptly communicate any significant changes that may arise.

Update on Koeberg Power Station Unit 1

Eskom also provides an update on Koeberg Power Station’s Unit 1, which is expected to resume supplying electricity to the national grid by the end of October.

This unit, generating 920MW, had been out of commission for maintenance since December the previous year. The return to service of Unit 1 is a positive development for the power station.

Upcoming Unit 2 Outage

Eskom mentions that the three steam generators on Unit 2 are scheduled for replacement during the upcoming Unit 2 outage.

Although the outage start date has been moved to mid-November, the Koeberg team, working with the main contractor and subcontractors, is utilizing the experience gained from Unit 1’s installation to reduce the outage period required for Unit 2’s steam generator replacement.

Licence Application for Long-Term Operation

The replacement of the steam generators is a prerequisite identified in the licence application for the long-term operation of Koeberg, submitted to the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). This is essential for the station to operate safely beyond its original licensed operating period of 40 years, which extends beyond 2024.

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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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