Cold front triggers stage 4 blackouts in South Africa

  • South Africa’s state owned and state run energy utility, Eskom, has announce an that due to increased demand, Stage 4 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Tuesday.
  • Thereafter, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 14:00, followed by Stage 4 loadshedding from 14:00 until 05:00 on Wednesday. This pattern will continue to be implemented daily until further notice. 
  • South Africa is currently experiencing a cold front with snow falling in Johannesburg, a rare occurance. 

Breakdowns are currently at 14 252MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 4 118MW.

Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations was returned to service.

In the same period, a generation unit each at Arnot and Tutuka power stations was taken out of service due to breakdowns.

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 the generating units to service.

Eskom’s latest twitter report on generation status:

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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