Eskom escalates load shedding to Stage 4

Due to further failures of its generating units overnight.
Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

State power company Eskom will escalate load shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4 from 9am on Wednesday (March 9).

This comes as the embattled utility struggles with generation capacity after further failures of its generating units overnight.

“It is with a great deal of disappointment that Eskom has to inform the public that further failures overnight of generation units has necessitated the implementation of Stage 4 load shedding starting at 09h00 this [Wednesday] morning,” Eskom confirmed in a statement.

“Unfortunately, this has to continue until 05h00 on Friday. Thereafter load shedding will be lowered to Stage 2 until 05h00 on Monday morning.”

“Eskom would like to apologise for the implementation of load shedding, and will continuously review the situation and act appropriately as circumstances change,” it added.

The utility noted that overnight a unit each at Kendal, Duvha, Camden and Kusile power stations tripped.

“Since then, we have returned four units to service. However, these units still need to ramp up to full output, which necessitates a high usage of emergency generation reserves today [Wednesday],” it explained.

High diesel usage

“This being the fourth day of extremely high diesel usage, the emergency reserves are being depleted faster than can be replenished. Stage 4 load shedding will therefore give us the space required to replenish the emergency reserves and continue to manage the system safely,” it said.

Eskom pointed out that total breakdowns amount to 15 439MW, while planned maintenance is 5 505MW of capacity.

It appealed to South Africans to help it limit the impact of load shedding by reducing the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.

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half their generating units are broken

Somebody should look at sabotage, not even Eskom is this useless.

The fossil fans complain about renewables being unreliable! My solar would be much less intermittent if it did not have to switch off every damned time Eskom is off.

That MWh battery smart grid system is getting more and more attractive

Change the setting on your inverter !!!

not possible/legal with grid-tied inverters. Main reason is public safety if I am injecting power into a circuit that is supposed to be safe/dead.

This is part of why I am planning a smart grid. Like now in 30min time I will be running huge diesel and that transformer’s 350kW solar is dead. Frustrating. In future I will have large hybrid with 600kWh batteries. Can def ride through a normal loadshed with the solar running and batteries and then gennie stops looking at ATS, it just charges battery when gets low.

Buy steaks, tjops and wors guys !!!
We are going to have to braai a lot !!!

Stop calling it load shedding.

It’s “special economic operations”.

In a country where renaming is all the vogue maybe it’s time to rename Megawatt Park … ?

Microwatt Park?

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