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.
The return of Kusile Unit 3 is seen as a significant step forward in Eskom’s efforts to mitigate load-shedding.
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.
Prior to restoring the FGD unit, a root cause analysis of the chimney walls, responsible for emissions release, was necessary.
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.
Eskom temporarily suspends load-shedding until Monday afternoon.