Eskom Announces Ongoing Stage 2 Load Shedding, Awaiting Capacity Recovery

Eskom’s Power Management Update


Extended Stage 2 Load Shedding: Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has confirmed the continuation of Stage 2 load shedding until Wednesday, 17 January.

Reasons Behind the Extension:

  • Improved Generation: There’s a noted improvement in generation capacity.
  • Muted Demand: User demand is expected to remain low.
  • Capacity Offline: Despite improvements, nearly 13,500MW is still offline due to breakdowns, and an additional 8,400MW is offline for maintenance.

Load Shedding Schedule:

  • Duration: Continues until 16:00 on Wednesday.
  • Next Update: Eskom will provide a further update on Wednesday.

Eskom’s Monitoring and Communication:

  • Vigilant Monitoring: “Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes should it be required,” the utility assures.

Recovery Efforts:

  • Restoring Power: Efforts are underway to bring back at least 740MW of energy by Monday evening.
  • Evening Peak Demand: The anticipated peak demand is around 25,500MW.

Recent Escalation to Stage 4:

  • Sudden Increase: The downgrade to Stage 2 follows an unexpected rise to Stage 4 on Friday.

Insights from an Energy Analyst:

  • Planned Maintenance Impact: Pieter Jordaan, an independent energy analyst, points out that Eskom’s planned maintenance schedule is a major factor in the load shedding escalation.
  • Maintenance Challenges: While Eskom aims to utilize low-demand periods for maintenance, returning units on time to meet demand surges remains a struggle.
  • Jordaan’s Observation: “The near 2,000 MW of planned losses that did not return on time (on Friday) introduced 2.5 stages of unnecessary load shedding,” Jordaan remarks.

Accessing Load Shedding Schedules

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