• November 3, 2023 12:52 pm

Eskom Making Progress in Reducing Load-Shedding Severity Says Ramokgopa

Oct 1, 2023
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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