Load shedding pushed to phase 5 as Eskom has more outages


Eskom has announced that the load shedding in phase 5 will continue until Monday morning (05:00) due to the shutdown of production units overnight.

The power company said the failure of five generating units on the night of Friday to September 16, with a combined capacity of 2,400 MW, had necessitated the escalation of load shedding.

Load shedding was originally intended to be on stage 4 through Sunday (September 18) at 5:00 AM and in stage 3 until 5:00 AM Monday, but this has since changed.

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A unit in Kusile, Arnot and Camden, as well as two units at the Duvha power station, shut down, Eskom said.

“While some generating units are expected to be back in service, it is necessary to escalate the load shedding to halt the use of the emergency generation reserves and begin replenishing them before the week.”

Emergency generation reserves have been depleted by extensive use to limit the amount of load shedding over the past two weeks, the national electric utility added.

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Eskom said it currently has 7,210 MW of planned maintenance while an additional 16,597 MW of capacity is unavailable due to outages.

Earlier this week, Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, said the power grid is extremely vulnerable to outages and any load shedding schedules could be changed at short notice.

Eskom said that, through a media briefing on Sunday (Sept. 18), it will provide the outlook for cargo shedding for the coming week.

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For people who live in the major subways, tax shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made these available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

Smartphone users can also download the EskomSePush app to receive push notifications when load shedding is deployed, as well as the times the area you are in is off.

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