South Africa: Eskom Implements Stage 4 Loadshedding

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  • South Africa’s power utiltiy, Eskom , has announced that Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 12:00 today until 05:00 on Friday.
  • Stage 4 allows for as much as 4,000MW to be cut.
  • Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Saturday.

In a press release, Eskom explaines that over the past 24 hours a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Matla power stations tripped while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down.  This constrained the power system further requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and therefore, hampering the recovery of these reserves.

Some generating units have returned to service and we anticipate another two units to return to service during the day.  In addition, Koeberg Unit 1 is expected to return to service today and begin ramping up to full output within 48 hours.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 14 957MW while planned maintenance is 5 301MW of capacity.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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