Stage 3 Loadshedding Implemented in South Africa

  • South Africa’s state owned power utility, Eskom, has announced that loadshedding will increase to Stage 3 from 16:00 – 05: 00 on Monday and Tuesday evenings, while Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 05:00 – 16:00 Tuesday until further notice.
  • The higher stage of loadshedding is mainly due to the high level of breakdowns as well as the depleted emergency generation reserves.

Since Sunday morning a generating unit each at Duvha, Kriel and Tutuka power stations were taken offline for repairs while the delay in returning to service a unit each at Duvha and Majuba power stations have contributed to the delays. A generating unit each at Grootvlei, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla and Medupi power stations were returned to service.

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Of a total of 44000MW generation capacity, Eskom currently has 4177MW on planned maintenance, while another 16922MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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