Eskom announced that load shedding will be reduced by one stage during the night, on Thursday, 24 November. This comes after national oil company, PetroSA, supplied the beleaguered power utility with diesel.
ESKOM DIESEL WOES EASED FOR NOW
Load shedding will be reduced to Stage 3 from 16:00 to 5:00 until Monday morning, 28 November. However, daytime load shedding will continue at its current level (Stage 2) until further notice.
Eskom relies on diesel to power the emergency power Open-Cycle Gas Turbines – Ankerlig and Gourikwa – in the Western Cape.
The power supplier blew through its diesel budget and has already spent double its allocation for the financial year. It was unclear where the fuel would come from before Thursday’s announcement.
“The continued implementation of load shedding is mainly due to the high levels of breakdowns and the limited emergency generation reserves,” said Eskom.
As things stand, 14 160MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and a further 6000MW is offline for planned maintenance.
A generating unit at Hendrina Power Station recently returned to service while three units at Kusile are offline and will remain so for “a few months” due to a chimney structure failure that occurred in late October.
“Unit 1 of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will continue to generate at a reduced output over the next three weeks as the fuel is ramped down ahead of the refuelling and maintenance outage scheduled to commence during December 2022,” added Eskom.