Eskom improves performance of generation availability – suspends blackouts over long weekend

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  • Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the long weekend, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Saturday.
  • Thereafter, loadshedding will be suspended over the long weekend and will resume at Stage 1 from 05:00 on Tuesday.

During the long weekend, Eskom will address minor defects on some generating units by performing planned maintenance. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to loadshedding should it be required.

Breakdowns are currently at 14 364MW of generating capacity while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 731MW.

Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Arnot and Kendal power stations was taken offline for repairs.

The anticipated return to service of a generating unit at Kendal Power Station has been delayed, further contributing to the current capacity constraints. Eskom’s load forecast for the evening peak demand is 27 406MW.

Respected energy analyst, Chris Yelland, reports on his twitter feed that after a relatively good week, the Eskom week-on-week energy availability factor (EAF) rises from 52.62% in week 36, 2023, to 54.41% in week 37, 2023.

Source: Data: Eskom; Graphs: EE Business Intelligence.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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