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Eskom Making Progress in Reducing Load-Shedding Severity Says Ramokgopa

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Eskom Making Progress in Reducing Load-Shedding Severity Says Ramokgopa

Eskom Making Progress in Reducing Load-Shedding Severity Says Ramokgopa: Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa expresses optimism about the return of Kusile’s Unit 3 and its impact on reducing Eskom load-shedding.

Eskom Making Progress in Reducing Load-Shedding Severity Says Ramokgopa

Energy Action Plan Update:

The minister updates the media on the progress of the energy action plan.

Key Milestone:

The return of Kusile Unit 3 is seen as a significant step forward in Eskom’s efforts to mitigate load-shedding.

Additional Capacity:

Ramokgopa emphasizes the importance of increased generating capacity, especially from Kusile units, to address the load-shedding challenge.

Background on Unit 3:

Unit 3 was among three Kusile units taken offline after the partial collapse of the flue gas desulfurisation (FGD) unit, which exacerbated grid strain during winter.

Chimney Analysis:

Prior to restoring the FGD unit, a root cause analysis of the chimney walls, responsible for emissions release, was necessary.

Capacity Boost:

Unit 3 is currently generating 550MW, with plans to gradually increase it to 712MW-800MW.

Return of Other Units:

Ramokgopa announces the scheduled return of other units in October or early November, reducing unplanned capacity losses.

Impressive Team Effort:

The minister commends the dedication and efforts of the Kusile team in achieving an early unit return.

Load-Shedding Update:

Eskom temporarily suspends load-shedding until Monday afternoon.

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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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