South Africa: Poor Performance at Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations Triggers Loadsheding

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  • South Africa’s energy utility, Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 loadshedding 17:00 this afternoon until 23:00 Friday night as the generation capacity is severely constrained.
  • There is a high probability that loadshedding may continue into the weekend. 

Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka Power Stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the last week, have caused the need to implement this loadshedding said Eskom in a press release today. Eskom explains that it has to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted. This period of loadshedding will be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves it said.

The utility currently has 6 212MW on planned maintenance, while another 11 217MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays.

There is a high probability that loadshedding may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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