Eskom’s Loadshedding Rollercoaster Continues into the Weekend

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  • South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, reports that Stage 3 loadshedding is currently underway until 16:00 on Thursday, thereafter, it will increase to Stage 4 until 05:00 on Friday morning.
  • Loadshedding will be lowered to Stage 2 at 05:00 – 16:00 on Friday.
  • It is anticipated Stages 2 and 1 loadshedding will be implemented during the weekend. 

“The emergency generation reserves are almost depleted, both the diesel and pumped storage dam levels. These, together with persistent high levels of breakdowns of generating units, are among the major contributors to the continuing generation capacity shortages,” the utility explained in a statement release this morning.

Of a total of 44000MW generation capacity, Eskom currently has 5683MW on planned maintenance, while another 16585MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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