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Eskom Increases Load Shedding Levels Until Further Notice

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Eskom Increases Load Shedding Levels Until Further Notice

Eskom, South Africa’s beleaguered power utility, has resumed Stage 2 load shedding due to a loss in generation capacity, interrupting a brief period of relief from rolling blackouts. While some government officials express optimism about resolving the country’s power crisis, challenges persist, and load shedding remains a concern for many South Africans, particularly during a heatwave.

Eskom Increases Load Shedding Levels Until Further Notice

Stage 2 Load Shedding Returns

Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena confirmed the return of Stage 2 load shedding, citing the loss of four generation units and the need to replenish reserves. The power cuts began at 5 a.m. on Friday and will continue until further notice. Eskom emphasizes that it will communicate any significant changes to the situation.

Demand and Capacity Statistics

During Thursday’s evening peak, South Africa faced a demand of 29,169MW but had an available generating capacity of only 26,693MW. Eskom shed 1,928MW from the grid at the peak period while relying on power generation from 18 open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) units.

Optimism and the Kusile Power Station

Despite ongoing challenges, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa expressed optimism about the country’s power situation. He suggested that South Africa has begun to “turn the corner” in addressing the power crisis. Ramokgopa highlighted the importance of restoring more units at the Kusile power station in the coming months, which could provide additional energy capacity.

Kusile’s Impact and Return

Kusile power station’s units 1, 2, and 3 were idled nearly a year ago due to safety concerns and licensing restrictions, resulting in a loss of approximately 2,400MW from the national grid. However, the other two units at Kusile are expected to come back online around November 3, potentially generating over 2,400MW of electricity when operating at full capacity.

Conclusion

While optimism about resolving South Africa’s power crisis is expressed at the governmental level, the return of Stage 2 load shedding underscores the ongoing challenges faced by Eskom.

Load shedding remains a concern, especially during peak demand periods and extreme weather conditions. The restoration of units at the Kusile power station is expected to play a pivotal role in improving the energy situation in the country.

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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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