Stage 4 Loadshedding Continues in South Africa

  • The implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding will be maintained until 05:00 on Thursday morning.
  • Loadshedding will then be reduced to Stage 3 until 05:00 on Saturday morning, South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom, has announced.

Eskom explains that the continued loadshedding is necessary due to the shortage of generation capacity as a result of persistent high levels of breakdowns, and to further replenish the emergency generation reserves.

Eskom reports that a generation unit each at Arnot, Kriel, Lethabo, Matla as well as two units at Camden Power Station have returned to service since last night. A generating unit each at Hendrina, Kendal and Majuba power stations were taken offline for repairs.  Furthermore, the delay in returning a generating unit each to service at Kendal, Komati and Tutuka power stations have added to the capacity constraints.

Eskom currently has 6 647MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 692MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Eskom’s total generation capacity is 44000MW.

Eskom will publish a further update on Friday afternoon, or as soon as there are any significant changes.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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