South Africa: Eskom Ratchets Back Up to Stage 4 Load-Shedding

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  • Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented in South Africa from 05:00 on Monday until 16:00, thereafter increasing to Stage 4 until 05:00 on Tuesday morning.
  • Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 on Tuesday until 16:00, thereafter increasing to Stage 4 until 05:00 on Wednesday morning.

Eskom reports that the emergency generation reserves are almost depleted, both the diesel and pumped storage dam levels. The higher loadshedding stages are required to help build up the emergency generation reserves during the week.

During the weekend the breakdown of a generating unit each at Duvha, Kriel and Medupi power stations, as well as the delayed returns of a generating unit each at Camden, Kusile, Komati, and Kendal power stations have exacerbated current generation capacity shortages, forcing the escalation of loadshedding. Eskom teams have returned a generating unit each at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla and Tutuka power stations to service.

Of a total generation capacity of 44000MW, Eskom currently has 6004MW on planned maintenance, while another 14961MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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