South Africa energy crisis update: Stage 2 and 4 blackouts persist

Eskom energy crisis update

  • Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 today, as previously communicated.
  • At 20:00 Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Thursday.
  • Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented until 20:00, followed by Stage 4 loadshedding until 05:00 on Friday.
  • This alternating pattern of Stage 2 loadshedding and Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented until further notice because of the delay to return to service three generating units and the need to replenish emergency reserves.

Unplanned outages account for 16 193MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance has reduced to 6 171MW.

The latest Eskom Energy Availability Factor (EAF) for Week 7, 2024, is 52.79%, with the year-to-date EAF slightly lower than for the same period last year. This despite the return to service of 3 x 800 MW generator units (Units 1, 2 and 3) at Eskom Kusile Power station in November 2023, and the synchronisation of Kusile Unit 4 to the grid in December 2023.

Eskom week-on-week energy availability factor EAF for 2023. Data source: Eskom. Image credit: Chris Yelland. Chris is an energy analyst, consultant, electrical engineer, public speaker, writer and MD at EE Business Intelligence (Pty) Ltd. Follow Chris on X – @chrisyelland

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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