Energy Central Professional


Eskom Downgrades Load Shedding



    Load shedding has been slightly eased by Eskom to Stage 4 from 5am to 4pm daily with Stage 5 kicking in thereafter.

    This as Eskom says it expects to return at least 14 generating units to service this week which the power utility said will "ease the pressure on the power system".

    "Eskom cautions the public, however, that there is a high degree of uncertainty associated with this and that these changes will only be possible in their entirety if the units return to service as planned. Changes in the stages of load shedding can therefore occur at short notice, due to the inherent unreliability of the coal power station fleet.

    "A further update will be published as soon as any significant changes occur," Eskom said.

    The electricity supplier said it has also procured more diesel for its emergency generating units with a further two units also back online.

    "Eskom procured an additional 50 million litres of diesel on 06 January 2023. This fuel will be utilised sparingly to manage the pumped storage dam levels and to limit the amount of load shedding during the day. Together, these emergency generators contribute 5 700MW of capacity.

    "A generating unit each at Kendal, Majuba and Tutuka power stations have returned to service," Eskom said.

    By Monday evening, breakdowns at power stations have rendered some 16 173MW of capacity unavailable with at least 5804MW also offline due to maintenance.

    "The summer planned maintenance programme continues, and will taper off during the winter months, helping to make more capacity available to produce electricity. There are currently 12 generators out on planned maintenance," Eskom said.


Copyright © 1996-2023 by CyberTech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Energy Central® and Energy Central Professional® are registered trademarks of CyberTech, Incorporated. Data and information is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended for trading purposes. CyberTech does not warrant that the information or services of Energy Central will meet any specific requirements; nor will it be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall CyberTech be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages (including lost data, information or profits) sustained or incurred in connection with the use of, operation of, or inability to use Energy Central. Other terms of use may apply. Membership information is confidential and subject to our privacy agreement.