Eskom Scales Back to Stage 2 Load Shedding

A Brighter Outlook for Power Supply

Eskom has announced a welcome shift in its load management strategy, moving to stage 2 load shedding from 10:00 AM on Friday (16 February), thanks to the restoration of additional generating units and the bolstering of emergency reserves. This adjustment marks a significant easing from the stage 6 outages experienced last weekend, with the utility pledging to keep the public informed of any further changes.

Week’s Improvement:

  • Load Shedding Reduction: Transition to stage 2 until further notice.
  • Ongoing Communication: Eskom commits to updating the public as needed.

Behind the Scenes:

  • Recent Challenges: A spike to stage 6 was attributed to multiple boiler tube leaks, impacting generating capacity.
  • Maintenance Strategy: Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa highlighted a “calculated risk” approach in Eskom’s maintenance, aiming to repair units despite potential vulnerabilities.

Looking Ahead:

  • Maintenance Adjustment: Plans are in place to gradually scale back maintenance from March to May, aiming to stabilize the power grid while accommodating winter demand.
    • March Plan: Reduction to 5,000MW of planned maintenance.
    • April and May Strategy: Further reduction to 3,500MW, maintaining this level through the winter.

Eskom’s proactive steps towards restoring generating units and managing maintenance with strategic foresight offer a glimmer of hope in stabilizing South Africa’s power supply, reflecting a cautious yet optimistic approach to navigating the challenges of load shedding.

Accessing Load Shedding Schedules

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  1. Visit Load shedding Schedule.
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