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Rugby World Cup Not the Cause of Eskom Extended Power Supply

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Rugby World Cup Not the Cause of Eskom Extended Power Supply

South Africans were pleasantly surprised as Eskom suspended load shedding for the longest duration in 2023. This unexpected relief was achieved through several key factors.

Rugby World Cup Not the Cause of Eskom Extended Power Supply

Swift Recovery of Kusile Power Station Units

Two units at the Kusile Power Station made a remarkable recovery ahead of schedule. This unanticipated development added up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) to the electricity generation capacity.

Increased Reliance on Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs)

Eskom had rarely relied on its open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) two weeks prior. However, this changed significantly during the past week, as the utility had to burn more diesel for power generation.

Contribution of Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy sources, especially wind energy, played a part in easing the load shedding situation.

Resumption of Load Shedding

Unfortunately, the joy of the extended load shedding suspension was short-lived, as Eskom reintroduced “Stage 2 and Stage 3” load shedding from 4 pm on a Sunday, with Stage 3 continuing overnight and Stage 2 throughout Monday.

Improvement in Energy Availability

Despite the challenges, it’s noted that Eskom’s energy availability has improved since the beginning of 2023.

While the recent period saw a relief from load shedding, Eskom continues to face challenges and remains under scrutiny for its energy supply and management. The future of load shedding in South Africa remains uncertain.

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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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