Eskom said Stage 3 load shedding is planned for Saturday and the rest of the weekend. This comes after a diesel delivery bound for the power utility’s backup power stations arrived in Mossel Bay on Thursday.
STAGE 3 LOAD SHEDDING WILL CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF WEEKEND
Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented throughout the rest of the weekend.
The power utility said it expects to transfer the diesel that arrived at the PetroSA facility in Mossel Bay to its Open Cycle Gas Turbine stations, called Gourikwa and Ankerlig, during the same period and that the stations should be replenished by Monday.
“Eskom will also use the weekend to replenish the dam levels at the pumped storage schemes, which have been utilised extensively to complement generation capacity.”Eskom
ESKOM PLANS TO REPLENISH DAM LEVEL THIS WEEKEND
It furthermore said it anticipated the first unit of the Camden Power Station would return during the weekend, with the remaining returning over the course of the following ten days.
“This requires the implementation of Stage 4 load shedding to be maintained until 05:00 on Saturday. Load shedding will then be reduced to Stage 3 until 05:00 on Monday. Eskom will publish a further update on Sunday afternoon or as soon as there are any significant changes.
“In addition to all the eight Camden Power Station units that were taken offline due to de-mineralised water contamination last night as a result of the incorrect valve being opened, a generating unit at Kriel Power Station was also taken offline for repairs.
“We currently have 5 206 MW on planned maintenance while another 15 862MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.”Eskom
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The diesel shipment was delayed by rough seas, which prevented the offload at Mossel Bay. The power utility said it would maintain Stage 4 power cuts until the diesel could be supplied to its Open Cycle Gas Turbine stations.
South Africa is currently experiencing a record-long bout of load shedding. Earlier this year, in July, it was revealed that Eskom had already spent R4 billion on diesel in 2022, which was more than double the budget for the period.
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HERE IS YOUR LATEST SCHEDULE:
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- City of Tshwane
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Cape Town
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
RAMAPHOSA URGED SOUTH AFRICANS TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR
President Cyril Ramaphosa said they intend to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar to generate electricity.
He said South Africa has a great abundance of sun that should be used to generate electricity.
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“There is significant potential for households and businesses to install rooftop solar and connect this power to the grid.
“To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure – known as a feed-in tariff – for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”President Cyril Ramaphosa
Meanwhile, Eskom plans to apply for a MASSIVE tariff increase from 1 April 2023/24. This was recently announced.
ESKOM MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT
The tariff application is under consideration by Nersa, which must make a final decision by Christmas eve at the latest.
It is believed that public hearings will be held next week. Eskom’s announcement on Thursday was to inform the public that it had updated its tariff application for the financial years 2024 and 2025.
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