South Africa: Stage 2 Load-Shedding to be Implemented Throughout the Week

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  • South Africa’s energy utility, Eskom,  will implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 tomorrow morning, with a possibility of load-shedding throughout the week.

Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented starting at 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 tomorrow morning. This load-shedding has been caused by the higher demand as a result of the cold front setting in much earlier than expected, as well as high breakdowns of generation units.

The generation supply constraints will persist throughout the high winter demand period, which increases the likelihood of loadshedding.

Breakdowns currently total 14 560MW of capacity, while another 2 300MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance. Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which would help ease the strain. This, however, is not sufficient to eliminate the high probability of load-shedding for the rest of the week.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom


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