Stage 6+ blackouts likely for South Africa this week

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  • Due to the failure of additional generating units and the delay of several units to return to service, Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 this afternoon until further notice. 
  • This is anticipated to persist throughout the week.
  • Last week, Eskom’s newly appointed head of generation, Mr Bheki Nxumalo, said that ‘it’s going to be an extremely difficult winter’. Read more 
  • Eskom will publish a further update as soon as any significant changes occur.

Breakdowns are currently at 19 333MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 4 524MW.

Since yesterday morning, a generating unit each at Duvha, Lethabo and Medupi power stations have returned to service.

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Over the past 24 hours a generation unit each at Majuba, Medupi and Tutuka power stations were taken out of service due to breakdowns. Furthermore, the delay in returning units to service at Arnot, Camden, Hendrina, Majuba, Matla and Tutuka power stations continue to add to the current capacity constraints.

Eskom assures that the team is working around the clock to ensure that generating units are returned to service as soon as possible.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: Eskom


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