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Load-Shedding Could Occur in 2 Stages Due to Eskom Sabotage

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Load-Shedding Could Occur in 2 Stages Due to Eskom Sabotage

Load-Shedding Could Occur in 2 Stages Due to Eskom Sabotage. Eskom’s improved performance since the start of winter is likely due to fewer instances of sabotage, according to Hartmut Winkler from the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Physics.

The cold weather is expected to increase household electricity demand during South Africa’s dark winter. There has been a reduction in load-shedding during the first few months of winter, however, compared to the first few months of the year.

Load-Shedding Could Occur in 2 Stages Due to Eskom Sabotage

Low demand, improved generation capacity, increased OCGT diesel deliveries, and warmer-than-typical weather, among other factors, contributed to this.

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This week, the utility ramped up load-shedding to stage 6, marking the first time South Africa has gone to stage 6 in a month. The colder weather and some generators failing contributed to an extended high demand.

Despite Eskom’s long-term load-shedding strategy, Winkler told SABC he still does not know how it was implemented. He does not believe the utility has been able to “work out its technical capacity” and resolve issues more quickly than in the past.

That doesn’t seem likely to me. He said Eskom was an extremely experienced organization, and you couldn’t turn around a huge organization in a couple weeks.

Winkler suggested that Eskom has experienced less sabotage in recent weeks, which could account for the lower load-shedding stages. There may have been a greater level of attention focused on the event or other factors may have contributed to it,” he said.

In his opinion, sabotage does not account for all laid-off workers, but rather for one or two stages, which is why there has been a difference in the number of laid-off workers in the past couple of weeks versus the beginning of the year.

Andre de Ruyter, the former CEO of Eskom, has spoken out about load-shedding and sabotage at the utility.

The utility has repeatedly lost between 1,000MW and 2,000MW of generation capacity due to problems at its power stations, equivalent to two to three stages of load shedding.

A number of Eskom’s power plants were shut down in June 2022 due to unlawful industrial action, causing 10 generation units to trip. Load-shedding was moved from stage 4 to stage 6.

As a result, Eskom’s power plants have been impacted by widespread disruptions caused by illegal and unprotected labour action.  Eskom workers started this strike following failed wage negotiations.

Workers were legally prohibited from withholding labour to achieve their wage negotiations due to the supply of electricity being an essential service. De Ruyter and Eskom said the strikes prevented them from doing planned maintenance at the plants, worsening the electricity crisis.

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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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