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Eskom Reaches Stage 7 of Its Load-Shedding Schedule

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Eskom Reaches Stage 7 of Its Load-Shedding Schedule

Eskom Reaches Stage 7 of Its Load-Shedding Schedule. This winter, Eskom has experienced stage 7 load-shedding despite using 15 open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to limit power outages.

The South African utility Eskom announced on Wednesday night it had implemented stage 7 load-shedding of 6,432 megawatts (MW).

Eskom Reaches Stage 7 of Its Load-Shedding Schedule

The cold weather across South Africa led to a peak demand of 34,057MW on Wednesday evening.

Eskom Load Shedding stage 7

To avoid a blackout, Eskom had to implement load-shedding of 6,432MW due to a shortage of generation capacity.

A load-shedding increase was required by Eskom due to the loss of generating units overnight. A replenishment of its emergency reserves has also not been possible.

Depending on how many megawatts are sacrificed in each load-shedding stage, Eskom clearly defines what each stage means.

  • Stage 1 – Up to 1,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 2 – 1,001 to 2,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 3 – 2,001 to 3,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 4 – 3,001 to 4,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 5 – 4,001 to 5,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 6 – 5,001 to 6,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 7 – 6,001 to 7,000MW cut from the national grid.
  • Stage 8 – 7,001 to 8,000MW cut from the national grid.

There is no doubt that load-shedding and power cuts impact the country, but the information here is straightforward and gives a good idea of how they affect the country.

Consequently, Wednesday evening’s load-shedding equates to stage 7 load-shedding with 6,432MW cut from the national grid.

In the beginning, Eskom’s load-shedding stages corresponded with the definitions based on megawatts.

The power utility, however, began departing from its definitions of load-shedding significantly in recent months.

The company, for example, reported stage 6 load-shedding on numerous days when it cut well over 7,000MW. As a result, it is a load-shedding stage 8.

Previously, Adil Nchabeleng stated Eskom chose not to notify the public once load shedding surpassed stage 6.

We’re being led to believe that everything is moving around stage 6, but this isn’t true. When it comes to power cuts, it goes beyond stage 6,” he said.

The Eskom’s systems operator receives a lot of complaints from people about load-shedding going beyond the six-hour limit.

It’s a known fact that some municipalities load shed certain areas differently than others – you might even say in a discriminatory manner,” Yelland said.

According to him, “Some areas are experiencing higher loadshedding stages than what the public is aware of.”

Eskom load-shedding reports

Based on Eskom’s definitions, the following table shows Eskom’s load-shedding reports in July.

Date

Reported Stage Load-shedding

True Stage

2023/07/01

3 3,032MW 4
2023/07/02 3 3,184MW

4

2023/07/03

3 3,379MW 4
2023/07/04 3 3,276MW

4

2023/07/06

3 3,369MW 4

2023/07/08

3 2,708MW

3

2023/07/09 3 3,054MW

4

2023/07/10

4 3,771MW 4
2023/07/11 4 4,082MW

5

2023/07/12

6 6,432MW

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Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

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Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

Power utility Eskom has initiated Stage 3 load shedding starting from 4 pm and continuing until 5 am. This load shedding pattern will be followed by Stage 1 and 2 power cuts. The breakdown of certain generating units has necessitated these power cuts.

Load Shedding Reduced to Stage 1: In Effect Until Saturday Afternoon

In the last 24 hours, one generating unit each from Camden, Majuba, and Medupi power stations, along with two generating units at Arnot power station, were taken offline for necessary repairs.

Simultaneously, two generating units at Kriel power station have been restored to service.

Eskom’s teams are diligently working to expedite the return of additional generating units to active service.

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