Stage 4 blackouts persists in South Africa

  • South Africa’s state owned and state run energy utility, Eskom, reports that Stage 2 loadshedding is currently in force until 16:00 this afternoon.
  • Thereafter, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Wednesday.
  • This pattern will be implemented daily until further notice. 

Breakdowns are currently at 16 154MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 970MW.

Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit at Duvha, Kendal and Majuba power stations was returned to service.

In the same period, a generating unit at Camden, Kendal, Kriel, Kusile, Matla and two generating units at Matimba power stations were taken offline for repairs. The delay in returning to service a generating unit at Tutuka and Kendal Power Stations is also contributing to the current capacity constraints.

Eskom twitter account reports:

 

 

 

If 2023 follows the previous two years energy availability factor trends, then the country will face increased generation capacity challenges leading into the end of the year. This may result in elevated stages of loadshedding.

Image credit: Eskom

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