South African’s Facing a Dark Xmas

Eskom Energy Crisis Update

  • South Africa beleaguered state owned energy utility, Eskom, will be implimenting Stage 3 loadshedding today until 05:00 on Tuesday morning.
  • From Tuesday morning Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented until further notice.
  • Of the 44000MW total generation capacity, Eskom currently has 6392MW on planned maintenance, while another 16318MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Loadshedding is being implemented due to a high number of breakdowns and the requirement to preserve the remaining emergency generation reserves while creating space to replenish the dam levels at the pumped storage schemes.A generating unit each at Grootvlei and Matimba power stations were taken offline for repairs over the past 24 hours. The delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Arnot and Duvha power stations has contributed to the capacity constraints.

A generating unit each at Kriel and Matla power stations were returned to service during this period.Due to the depletion of the budget to acquire diesel for the Open Cycle Gas Turbines, Eskom has been forced to strictly conserve the remainder of the fuel reserves to protect against further unplanned outages.

The imminent refuelling and maintenance outage, as well as the long-term operation project of Unit 1 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, together with the October chimney failure that has forced three generation units offline at Kusile Power Station, will further reduce available generation capacity and significantly increase the occurrence of loadshedding during the next 6 -12 months.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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