Eskom increases load-shedding

Eskom will implement Stage 3 load-shedding at 09:00 on Sunday, 19 November 2023, instead of continuing with Stage 1 as previously communicated.

The power utility attributed the higher load-shedding to a need to replenish emergency reserves in preparation for the week ahead.

“Stage 3 load-shedding will be implemented from 09:00 this morning until 05:00 on Monday. Eskom will communicate the outlook for the week ahead this afternoon,” it said.

Eskom had previously planned to implement Stage 1 load-shedding from 05:00 to 16:00 on Sunday, followed by Stage 2 during the evening peak.

The power utility achieved a significant milestone on the evening of Saturday, 18 November, when it announced the successful synchronisation of Koeberg’s unit 1 reactor to the grid.

The generating unit had been offline since December 2022 for planned maintenance, including replacing its steam generators.

The feat could see short-lived load-shedding relief as the generating unit contributes approximately 920MW to the grid at full load.

However, Eskom must take Unit 2 offline for similar work once Unit 1 is stable and all commissioning tests have been completed.

The power utility has until July 2024 to complete the work on Koeberg Unit 2, or it won’t be able to extend the power station’s operating licence and will have to shut it down.


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