Eskom has announced that load shedding would return at Stage 4 on Sunday afternoon after the blackouts were suspended the same morning.
LOAD SHEDDING TO RETURN SUNDAY NIGHT
Eskom announced on Sunday morning that the planned power cuts for the day would be suspended.
Load shedding was cancelled at 08h00 on Sunday morning, said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha. This is due to the sufficient recovery in generating capacity and pumped storage dam levels, he said.
But the dreaded load shedding will make a come back from 17h00 on Sunday evening, he said.
Stage 4 will be implemented from 17h00 until Monday afternoon at 16h00. Unfortunately, the black out stage will increase from then, said Mantshantsha.
“Stage 5 load shedding will be implemented during the evenings between 16h00 and 00h00 from Monday to Wednesday.”Sikonathi Mantshantsha
Load shedding will vary between Stage 4 and Stage 2 during the day until Wednesday, said Mantshantsha.
“Changes in the stages of load shedding will be more erratic due to the absence of the buffer that is normally provided by the diesel generation capacity between generating unit breakdowns. Eskom will publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.
WHY BLACK OUT STAGES WILL INCREASE THIS WEEK
The increased implementation of the black outs is mainly due to the high levels of breakdowns. This includes the depleted emergency reserves, Mantshantsha explained.
He said three units at Kusile Power Station are offline due to the duct (a chimney structure) failure late in October. It will remain offline for a few months while repairs to the chimney system take place, said Mantshantsha.
“Unit 1 of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will continue to generate at a reduced output over the next three weeks as the fuel is depleted ahead of the refuelling and maintenance outage scheduled to commence in December 2022.”
A generation unit each at Arnot, Grootvlei and Majuba power stations was taken offline for repairs on Sunday morning.
A generating unit at Kriel Power Station was returned to service, said Mantshantsha.
“We currently have 5 354MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 495MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Load shedding is implemented only as a last resort in view of the shortage of generation capacity and the need to attend to breakdowns.”