Load-sheddng respite

Eskom believes the onset of summer and reduced peak usages will bring some load-shedding respite for the rest of 2023. Picture: File/Fotor.

Stage 4 and NO more: ESKOM promises load-shedding respite

Eskom believes the onset of summer and reduced peak usage will bring on load-shedding respite for the rest of 2023.

Load-sheddng respite

Eskom believes the onset of summer and reduced peak usages will bring some load-shedding respite for the rest of 2023. Picture: File/Fotor.

If we’re to take them at their word, Eskom says South Africa is in for much-needed load-shedding respite for the rest of 2023. According to Business Tech, the South African power utility says load-shedding reduction is on the cards for the rest of the year and shouldn’t exceed Stage 4.

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That’s correct, acting Eskom chief executive, Calib Cassim outlined in a briefing yesterday (27 September 2023), that load-shedding respite was on the way thanks to lower-than-planned demand and improved generating capacity.

ESKOM LOAD-SHEDDING RESPITE

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The acting Eskom CEO hopes to limit load shedding to no more than Stage 4 and contain any unplanned outages below under 14 500 MW. Measures that will aid this – besdies lower peak usage in summer – is 3 000 MW of power coming back online at the Kusile Power Station in the coming months.

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Likewise, Cassim said that Koeberg Unit 1 in the Western Cape would also be coming back online soon, adding roughly 1 000 MW. Additionally, Eskom plans to bring a further 1 500 MW from Tutuka in January 2024, as well as 720 MW from Medupi by mid 2024.

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However, as positive as load-shedding respite for summer may sound, the government enterprise still urged caution at the challenges ahead to keep the grid under control.

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Interestingly, during winter, the average Eskom load-shedding level sat between Stages 3 and 4. And Stage 6 load-shedding was implemented for 39 out 153 days in winter. Fingers crossed for better this summer.

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