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Kusile Unit 3 Return Boosts South Africa’s Electricity Generation

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Kusile Power Station

Kusile Power Station

In a promising development for South Africa’s power sector, the return to service of Kusile Unit 3 has led to improved generation performance and a lower than anticipated demand for electricity.

As a result, load shedding, which had been causing significant disruptions, will be suspended until Monday afternoon when Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented. The power parastatal Eskom has assured the public that it will communicate any significant changes promptly.

 

Kusile Unit 3, one of the units at the Kusile plant, was discontinued in October 2022 for maintenance purposes, jeopardizing the national grid and Eskom’s generating capacity. However, with the unit now back in service, South Africa’s electricity generation has received a much-needed boost.

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa stated that this development signifies a turning point for the country regarding electricity provision, emphasizing the progress made in addressing the strain experienced by the grid.

Ramokgopa revealed that Kusile Unit 3 currently generates 550MW, marking a significant contribution towards the restoration of normalcy. Furthermore, plans are underway to bring the other units online soon, adding 2,400 megawatts to the generating capacity.

 

Once Unit 5 is operational, the total capacity is expected to reach 3,200MW. Ramokgopa expressed confidence in the ongoing work being done to improve South Africa’s electricity supply.ance and the timely return of other units cannot be overstated as the nation strives for a stable power grid.

 

As the country continues its efforts to achieve energy resilience, stakeholders remain hopeful for a future without load shedding and uninterrupted electricity provision.

Eskom Loadshedding

Eskom Loadshedding

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