Eskom announces stage 3 blackouts

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South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, reports that over the past 24 hours, five generation units were taken offline for repairs. Additionally, the return to service of two generating units that were on planned maintenance was delayed due to an opportunity to perform preventative maintenance.

These factors have contributed to the shortage of available capacity necessitating the implementation of Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 today until 05:00 on Tuesday. Thereafter, loadshedding will be reduced to Stage 2 until 16:00 on Tuesday. This pattern of Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 until 16:00 and Stage 3 loadshedding from 16:00 until 05:00 will be repeated daily until further notice. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to loadshedding should it be required.

Unplanned outages are at 16 473MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is at 7 521MW.

South Africans can expect loadshedding at varying stages every day for the entire 2024.

Eskom System Operator outlook for loadshedding in South Africa for the next year. Image credit: Eskom 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom



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