No blackouts for 21 days in South Africa

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  • South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, reports that loadshedding will continue to be suspended until further notice.
  • This follows a period of 21 consecutive days, and as of midday today, 535 hours without loadshedding.
  • This is a result of sustained generation capacity, adequate emergency reserves, and reduced electricity demand from the grid.

The last time Eskom achieved a similar milestone was in June 2022, with 20 consecutive days without loadshedding. While Eskom acknowledges this milestone, it remains committed to the continued implementation of its Generation Operational Recovery Plan to reduce and ultimately eliminate loadshedding.

Unplanned outages account for 14 264MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 370MW.  

Eskom Power Station General Managers and their teams are working diligently to ensure the recovery of additional generating capacity by bringing units from unplanned outages and planned maintenance back into service as soon as possible. A total of 2 070MW of generating capacity is planned to be returned to service by Friday.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom


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