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Eskom Announces Stage 2 Loadshedding Amid Capacity Challenges

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Eskom announces Stage 2 Loadshedding

The South African national power utility, Eskom, has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will commence from 4pm today and is expected to run until 5am on Monday. Following this period, the loadshedding will be briefly suspended but will resume again from 4pm on Monday, lasting until 5am on Tuesday. This pattern of daily loadshedding is set to become the new norm as the power utility navigates through persistent capacity constraints.

In a recent statement released by Eskom, the company confirmed the need for these measures, stating, “While the available generation capacity has been sustained, the need to replenish the emergency reserves for the upcoming week necessitates an increase in the stage of loadshedding.” The company went on to assure that it would “closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to loadshedding should it be required.”

Eskom’s operational challenges have been exacerbated by unplanned outages, which have culminated in a reduction of 13,350 MW of generating capacity. Maintenance works currently account for an additional 8,476 MW of capacity being offline. In an effort to combat these issues, Eskom Power Station General Managers and their staff are engaged in a concerted endeavour to recover additional generating capacity. The power utility is optimistic that by bringing both unplanned outages and planned maintenance units back to service, a total of 3,300 MW of generating capacity will be restored by Monday.

The power system is anticipated to reach a peak demand of 24,979 MW tonight, putting further strain on the already beleaguered network. Eskom has expressed gratitude to its customers who have been conservative with their electricity usage, particularly in critical times, “We would like to thank those who do heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00 or when the load is limited.”

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