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Stage 1 and stage 2 load shedding all weekend – here’s the new schedule

Stage 1 and stage 2 load shedding all weekend – here’s the new schedule

SOURCE: BUSINESS TECH [businesstech.co.za]

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Eskom has announced that load shedding will continue this weekend as high levels of breakdowns and delays in returning some units back to services.

The national power utility said that load shedding will follow this schedule:

Friday, 4 November

  • Stage 2: 16h00 to 00h00

Saturday, 5 November

  • Stage 2: 00h00 – 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 – 16h00
  • Stage 2: 16h00 – 00h00

Sunday, 6 November

  • Stage 2: 00h00 – 05h00
  • Stage 1: 05h00 – 16h00
  • Stage 2: 16h00 – 00h00

Monday, 7 November

  • Stage 2: 00h00 – 05h00

Eskom said it would publish a further update as soon as there are any significant changes.

“Since Thursday morning, a generating unit each at Camden, Duvha, Kusile, and Majuba power stations were taken offline for repairs. The delays in the return to service of a generating unit each at Majuba and Tukuta power stations have contributed to the generation capacity shortages.”

In some good news, the utility announced that a generating unit at Hendrina Power Station that was done is now back to service.

The national power utility is currently sitting with 4,836 MW on planned maintenance, while another 14,509 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

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Kusile problems

Eskom announced on Thursday that it had suffered more breakages at its Kusile power plant after a unit 1 operation failed while it was offline for repairs.

While the extent of the damage at the unit is not yet known, the group warned that it would be offline for months.

2022 has been the worst year for load shedding on record in terms of duration and in terms of the highest stages reached.

Kusile and the other new-build in the fleet, Medupi, were supposed to be the reliable replacements for Eskom’s older power stations which are reaching or will be reaching their end of life over the next few years – however, they have ended up being even less reliable.

Unit 4 at Medupi, which suffered a catastrophic hydrogen explosion in 2021, remains offline and is only expected to return to service in September 2024.

On 17 September 2022, Eskom said it experienced a fire in the gas air heater of Unit 5 of Kusile during a commissioning exercise. The utility noted that a similar fire in Unit 2 happened a few years ago, which resulted in a 12-month delay. Because of this, the group said that it would likely only get Unit 5 online by December 2024.

Unit 6 at Kusile, meanwhile, is expected to only be completed by May 2024.

Schedules 

For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.

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