Pressure Eases on Eskom: Down to Level 5 Loadshedding

Eskom Update

  • Loadshedding will continue to be implemented at Stage 5, with the possibility of reducing one stage by Thursday.
  • Since yesterday afternoon four generation units at four power stations were taken offline for emergency repairs.
  • These are a generating unit each at Arnot, Lethabo, Kendal and Majuba power stations.
  • Seven units returned to service at Camden, Kendal, Kriel, Kusile, Lethabo and Majuba power stations.

While some generation units are anticipated to return to service, it is necessary to continue the Stage 5 loadshedding to limit the use of the emergency generation reserves. The emergency generation reserves are severely constrained by extensive utilisation to supplement generation capacity.

Eskom currently has 4098MW on planned maintenance, while another 17121MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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