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South Africa Electricity Supply Challenges a Turnaround Remains Uncertain

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South Africa Electricity Supply Challenges a Turnaround Remains Uncertain

Over the past few months, South Africa has witnessed some positive developments in its power generation sector, offering a glimmer of hope amid prolonged electricity shortages.

South Africa Electricity Supply Challenges a Turnaround Remains Uncertain

Four key factors underpin this newfound optimism: an uptick in solar power installations, reduced power station breakdowns, a more stable diesel supply, and the return of operational units at the Kusile coal-fired power station.

While 2023 has been a challenging year for South Africa in terms of electricity supply, the situation appears to be improving.

The percentage of available power generation capacity, which had significantly dwindled, is showing some signs of recovery.

Despite these positive developments, it is still too early to declare a complete turnaround, as sustainable medium-term measures and reforms are needed.

Factors Contributing to the Improvement

  • Solar Power Uptake: An accelerated adoption of private solar rooftop installations, boosted by government incentives, has helped alleviate the power crisis. Private solar capacity has surged, with a 349% increase between March 2022 and June 2023.
  • Reduced Breakdowns: Instances of power station breakdowns have decreased, partly attributed to reduced sabotage activities. This has led to a decrease in unplanned outages.
  • Stable Diesel Supply: A more secure supply of diesel, assisted by government intervention, has played a role in mitigating the power crisis.
  • Kusile Power Station: Despite facing multiple challenges, the Kusile coal-fired power station has seen some of its units restored to operation, which could contribute significantly to the country’s electricity needs.

Remaining Challenges and Uncertainties

While these developments offer hope, several challenges and uncertainties persist:

  • Aging Coal Plants: The aging coal plant fleet remains susceptible to breakdowns, posing a significant threat to power generation stability.
  • Koeberg Nuclear Plant: The process of extending the operating license for the Koeberg nuclear power plant has been slow. Calls for its closure are gaining traction, potentially resulting in a 4% drop in the country’s generating capacity if not renewed.
  • Strategic Disagreements: Delays in revising the national electricity plan reflect disagreements within the government regarding the energy solution. This misalignment hampers the development of new power plants.

In conclusion, while South Africa has seen some positive developments in its power generation sector, challenges remain, and the long-term sustainability of these improvements hinges on critical reforms and strategic alignment within the government.

The path to resolving the electricity crisis is still 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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