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Eskom’s Load Shedding Status Remains Critical but Glimmers of Improvement Emerge

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Eskom's Load Shedding Status Remains Critical but Glimmers of Improvement Emerge

Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility, has released its system report for the 39th week of the year. The report continues to show significant challenges in the power supply sector, with prolonged supply shortfalls.

Eskom’s Load Shedding Status Remains Critical but Glimmers of Improvement Emerge

Code-Based Assessment:

Eskom uses a color-coded system to assess the power supply situation. Code Green indicates adequate generation to meet demand and reserves, while Code Yellow signifies a minor supply shortfall but adequate supply to meet demand. Code Orange anticipates a more significant supply deficit, and Code Red represents a severe shortfall where both reserves and demand cannot be met.

Long-Term Projections:

The latest report projects 52 weeks of supply shortfalls exceeding 2,000MW, equivalent to two stages of load shedding, as the minimum expectation.

Baseline Assumptions:

Eskom’s assessment is based on assumptions about unavailable megawatts due to unplanned outages (UCLF). The planned scenario assumes 16,000MW of UCLF, while the likely scenario includes around 20,200MW of UCLF.

Summer Outlook:

Despite these projections, Eskom’s summer plan aims to keep UCLF below 14,500MW to limit load shedding to a maximum of stage 4. Currently, Eskom has managed to maintain load shedding at stage 2 during evenings and daytime suspension, thanks to UCLF staying below 30%.

Reduced Demand:

Independent energy analyst Pieter Jordaan notes that Q3 of 2023 has seen lower electricity demand, attributed to increased adoption of alternative energy sources like solar power by households and businesses. While supply gaps remain, the decreased demand offers some relief to the power constraints.

Positive Prospects:

Eskom anticipates additional capacity from Kusile and other energy sources in the coming months. If the utility can maintain its performance and reduce UCLF levels, its system reports may shift from red to orange, yellow, or green over time.

Conclusion:

Eskom continues to grapple with supply challenges, as reflected in its system report, but there is optimism for improvements in the future, with efforts to increase capacity and decrease demand through alternative energy sources.

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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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