South Africa’s power utility ratchets up to stage 6 blackout

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  • South Africa’s state owned energy utiltiy, Eskom, has announced that due to a shortage of generation capacity, Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Thursday.
  • Thereafter, Stage 5 loadshedding will be implemented until 16:00 on Thursday.
  • This pattern will be repeated daily until further notice.

Breakdowns are currently at 16 772MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance has reduce to 5 807MW.

Over the past 24 hours two generation units were returned to service at Kriel Power Station.

In the same period, a generating unit at Duvha Power Station was taken offline for repairs. The delays in returning a unit to service at Camden, Kendal, Lethabo, Medupi and Tutuka power stations have contributed to the capacity constraints. Similarly, the increase in demand after the long weekend and the re-opening of the schools has put additional strain on the power generation system.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom

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