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Eskom Raises Concerns Over Escalating Load Shedding During Upcoming Summer

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Eskom Raises Concerns Over Escalating Load Shedding During Upcoming Summer

Eskom, the South African power utility, has issued a stern warning about the potential for higher stages of load shedding during the upcoming summer. This warning was delivered by Vikesh Rajpaul, the general manager of Just Energy Transition at Eskom Holdings, during the Joburg Indaba 2023 conference in Sandton.

Eskom Raises Concerns Over Escalating Load Shedding During Upcoming Summer

The announcement is in response to Eskom’s plans for increased maintenance activities during the warmer months, aiming to enhance its generational fleet’s long-term performance and power station efficiency.

Summer Maintenance Challenges

Eskom acknowledges the challenges posed by warmer temperatures to certain generating units’ optimal functioning. Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa also noted that partial load losses are likely to increase during the extreme heat periods of the year.

Commitment to Energy Transition

Rajpaul emphasized Eskom’s commitment to pursuing a just energy transition, which includes exploring opportunities to extend the lifespan of power stations beyond their scheduled decommissioning dates.

Progress in Power Station Restoration

Eskom provided updates on power station restoration efforts, including the return of Unit 1 at Koeberg Power Station, progress at Kusile Power Station, and expected contributions to the power grid.

Municipal Debt Crisis

In a separate development, Eskom reported a growing municipal electricity debt crisis in Gauteng. The City of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni owe Eskom a combined total of R4.7 billion as of August 31, 2023. The erratic payment practices of these municipalities are posing significant challenges to Eskom’s financial sustainability.

Conclusion

Eskom’s announcement underscores the continued challenges in South Africa’s power sector, including the risk of higher load shedding during the upcoming summer and the urgent need to address municipal debt issues. These developments have significant implications for the country’s electricity supply and financial stability.

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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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