Eskom Goes to Stage 4 Loadshedding Tonight

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  • Unit 2 of the Kusile Power Station tripped earlier this afternoon, taking 720MW of generating capacity with it.
  • While this unit has since returned to service, it will slowly load up to full capacity during the night.
  • This added loss of capacity regretfully requires Eskom to increase loadshedding to Stage 4 from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight.
  • Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary.
  • This morning a generating unit at Hendrina, Tutuka and Kriel power stations were returned to service while a unit each at Arnot Power Station was taken offline for repairs.

Eskom currently has 1904MW on planned maintenance, while another 17255MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. There is currently 6000MW at risk according to the utility.

Related news: Eskom expects 101 days of loadshedding in winter in extreme case scenario

In a press briefing this morning on the state of the system, Eskom CEO, Mr Andre de Ruyter said that “the performance has been disappointing, but we are really going to go through extraordinary measures to improve. We are grateful for support from National Treasury”. The national treasury recently relaxed procurement rules for Eskom. Read more  

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Link to the full recording of the briefing/podcast HERE 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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