Coal power fails South Africa as Eskom announces stage 6 blackouts again!

  • South Africa’s state owned and state run energy utiltiy, Eskom, has announced that in order to replenish emergency reserves, Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 20:00 today.
  • Thereafter, Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 20:00 until 05:00 on Wednesday, followed by Stage 4 loadshedding from 05:00 until 20:00. 
  • The pattern of implementing Stage 4 from 05:00 until 20:00 and Stage 6 from 20:00 until 05:00 will be repeated daily until Saturday morning. 

Unplanned outages increased by 401 MW to 15 825MW, whilst planned maintenance increased by 555 MW to 6 835MW of generation capacity. 1300 MW of generation capacity was returned to service in the last 24 hours.

Related news: South Africa’s electricity minister continues to mislead the people of South Africa on the severity of the energy crisis. 

Leading energy analyst, Chris Yelland, reports on his twitter feed (X) that Eskoms’ energy availability factor (EAF) has taken a dive to 53.4% week 46 and the Eskom System Operator outlook for loadshedding in South Africa is Code RED for the next 52 weeks.

Eskom energy availability factory report for the last three years. Credit: Chris Yelland – X

Eskom System Operator outlook for loadshedding in South Africa for the next year

Eskom System Operator outlook for loadshedding for the next year. Image credit: Chris Yelland – X

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