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Weekend Power Woes: Eskom’s Load Shedding Surge Explained

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WIlliam Dube
  1. Eskom increases load shedding to stage 4 over the weekend due to higher-than-anticipated demand and generating capacity breakdowns.
  2. A detailed schedule of load shedding stages for the weekend is provided, with the lowest level being stage 2 on Sunday morning.
  3. Generating capacity breakdowns have risen to 15,388 MW, and delays in returning units to service at several power stations contribute to capacity constraints.

Power utility company Eskom escalates load shedding to stage 4 this weekend due to higher-than-anticipated demand and increased generating capacity breakdowns.

In a departure from the pattern observed over the past fortnight, South African power utility company Eskom has announced its decision to escalate load shedding to stage 4 this weekend. The lowest level of load shedding planned for this period is stage 2, scheduled for Sunday morning.

The move to implement stage 4 load shedding was prompted by demand surpassing expectations. The heightened level of load shedding commenced at 13:11 on Friday, 31st March and will persist until 05:00 on Saturday morning.

Following the stage 4 load shedding on Friday night, stage 3 load shedding will be in effect from 05:00 to 16:00 on Saturday, 1st April. Subsequently, stage 4 load shedding will resume and continue until 05:00 on Sunday, 2nd April. At this point, stage 2 load shedding will be introduced, lasting until 16:00 on Sunday.

Stage 3 load shedding will then be implemented from 16:00 on Sunday until 16:00 on Monday, 3rd April.

Here is the detailed schedule for the weekend:

  • Friday, 31st March: Stage 4 load shedding until 00:00
  • Saturday, 1st April:
    • Stage 4: 00:00 to 05:00
    • Stage 3: 05:00 to 16:00
    • Stage 4: 16:00 to 00:00
  • Sunday, 2nd April:
    • Stage 4: 00:00 to 05:00
    • Stage 2: 05:00 to 16:00
    • Stage 3: 16:00 to 00:00
  • Monday, 3rd April:
    • Stage 3: 00:00 to 16:00
    • Stage 4: 16:00 to 00:00

The generating capacity breakdowns have increased to 15,388 MW, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance has risen to 7,169 MW.

In the past 24 hours, two generation units have been returned to service at the Lethabo and Medupi power stations. However, during the same period, a generating unit at each of the Hendrina and Matimba power stations, as well as two units at Matla power station, have been taken offline for repairs. Delays in returning units to service at Camden, Kriel, and Tutuka power stations have further contributed to the capacity constraints faced by Eskom.

Table 1: Weekend Load Shedding Schedule

DateTimeLoad Shedding Stage
Friday, 31st MarchUntil 00:00Stage 4
Saturday, 1st April00:00-05:00Stage 4
05:00-16:00Stage 3
16:00-00:00Stage 4
Sunday, 2nd April00:00-05:00Stage 4
05:00-16:00Stage 2
16:00-00:00Stage 3
Monday, 3rd April00:00-16:00Stage 3
16:00-00:00Stage 4
A detailed schedule of Eskom’s load shedding stages from Friday, 31st March to Monday, 3rd April.

Table 2: Generating Capacity Breakdown and Maintenance

Generating Capacity DataMW
Breakdowns15,388
Planned Maintenance7,169
Summary of Eskom’s generating capacity breakdowns and planned maintenance in MW.

Table 3: Power Station Unit Status

Power StationUnits Returned to ServiceUnits Taken Offline for RepairsUnits Delayed Returning to Service
Lethabo100
Medupi100
Hendrina010
Matimba010
Matla020
Camden001
Kriel001
Tutuka001
Overview of power station unit statuses, including units returned to service, taken offline for repairs, and experiencing delays in returning to service.
WIlliam Dube

William Dube is a finance and economic news expert with over 10 years of experience in economic anaylsis, financial product assessment and market analysis. With a numerous certificates from prestigious universities including but not limited to Yale University and the University of Pennyslivenia. William specializes in providing insightful news developments in South Africa and commentary on investment strategies, risk management, and global economic trends. You can contact him on william@rateweb.co.za

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