Eskom announced that Stage 4 load shedding would remain in place until further notice on Friday afternoon, 18 November.
ERRATIC LOAD SHEDDING THIS WEEKEND
Eskom said the Stage 4 power cuts are due to the “high level” of breakdowns at power stations and the depleted emergency generation reserves.
“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 capacity,” said the beleaguered power supplier.
In September, South Africa experienced an extended period of Stage 4 load shedding when rough seas prevented a vessel from offloading diesel in Mossel Bay.
Eskom relies on the diesel-powered Open-Cycle Gas Turbines – Ankerlig in Cape Town and Gourikwa near Mossel Bay – for emergency power.
As things stand, 15 320 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and a further 4887 MW is offline for planned maintenance.
Since Friday morning, a unit each at Kriel and Kendal Power Stations were taken offline for repairs and there have been delays in returning a unit each at Arnot, Grootvlei, Hendrina and Tutuka Power Stations to service.
Eskom said it would publish another update about the load shedding forecast as soon as there are any significant changes to the power system.
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