Thursday, 24 November 2022: Courtesy of the diesel supplied by PetroSA this week, Eskom is able to reduce loadshedding during the night to Stage 3 (from Stage 4) at 16:00 – 05:00 until Monday morning. Daytime loadshedding will be maintained at Stage 2 during 05:00 – 16:00 daily until further notice. Eskom will publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.
The continued implementation of loadshedding is mainly due to the high levels of breakdowns and the limited emergency generation reserves.
Since Wednesday afternoon a generating unit each at Grootvlei, Kendal and Tutuka power stations were taken offline for repairs. Four units at Camden Power Station have also been taken offline to repair a water leak on a line that supplies auxiliary cooling water.
A generating unit at Hendrina Power Station was returned to service.
Three units at Kusile Power Station are offline due to the duct (chimney structure) failure late in October and will remain offline for a few months while repairs to the chimney system take place. Unit 1 of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will continue to generate at a reduced output over the next three weeks as the fuel is ramped down ahead of the refuelling and maintenance outage scheduled to commence during December 2022.
We currently have 6 000MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 160MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
Loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort in view of the shortage of generation capacity and the need to attend to breakdowns.