Blackouts pivot between stage one and three in South Africa

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  • South Africa’s state owned and state run energy utility, Eskom, reports that blackouts will pivot between stage one and three through to Sunday. 

Stage 1 loadshedding is currently underway until 16:00 today. Thereafter, Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented until midnight. Loadshedding will then be suspended from midnight until 05:00 on Friday. This pattern will be repeated on Friday and Saturday. Loadshedding will be suspended from midnight on Saturday until 16:00 on Sunday, followed by Stage 3 loadshedding until midnight.

Breakdowns slightly increased to 15 100MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance slightly increased to 5 252MW. Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit at Arnot Power Station was returned to service. In the same period, a generation unit at Matimba Power Station was taken out of service due to a breakdown.

The delay in returning to service two generating units at Tutuka Power Station is contributing to the current capacity constraints. Eskom teams are working around the clock to return generating units to service over the next few days.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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