- From a ‘dropped’ steam generator for Koeberg nuclear power plant to the consequences of generation units that have been running in the red, Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Mr Jan Oberholzer, says that ‘it just doesn’t get better’ and emphasises that South Africa desperately needs new generation capacity to come online.
- South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, briefed the nation on the state of the system earlier today.
- Watch the video for all the details.
Meanwhile loadshedding will be reduce to Stage 3 until 05:00 on Tuesday. Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 05:00 on Tuesday and remain in place until Friday.
Eskom says that sufficient progress has been made in recovering the emergency generation reserves, and it is anticipated that the dam levels at the pumped storage schemes will be fully replenished by tomorrow morning. Overnight a generation unit each at Arnot and Majuba power stations returned to service.
Eleven generation units are anticipated to return to service over the next 24 hours, helping to ease the capacity constraints. This includes approximately 1 300MW of capacity form the Hydro de Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique.
A generation unit each at Tutuka Power Station and at Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme were forced offline for emergency repairs overnight.
Eskom currently has 5 431MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 760MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal