Eskom will probably be implementing stage 2 load shedding from Saturday “due to further loss of generating capacity”.
The embattled energy utility will swap off the lights from 5 pm to 10 pm day-after-day all through the week.
Stage 2 load shedding
Rolling blackouts all through week
As per Eskom’s energy alert:
“Loadshedding will be repeated at the same time throughout the coming week as the capacity shortages persist”.
Stage 2 is critical after “breakdowns occurred on a unit each at Arnot, Majuba, Hendrina, Kusile power stations and two units at Lethabo Power Station” on Friday.
“A delay in returning 650MW due to planned maintenance at Cahora Bassa in Mozambique has further contributed to the shortage of capacity”, Eskom mentioned.
However, a producing unit every at Lethabo and Tutuka energy stations returned to service on Saturday, however Eskom presently has 2,389MW on deliberate upkeep.
Another 17,810MW of capability is unavailable as a result of breakdowns. Eskom, subsequently, calls on South Africans to “help limit the impact of load shedding”.
Reduce electrical energy utilization and swap off all non-essential objects, particularly throughout peak intervals – between 5am and 9am, and once more between 4pm to 10pm.
Rising electrical energy prices
In February, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) mentioned electrical energy costs have soared by 307% over the previous 13 years.
While Salga is relieved the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) solely allowed Eskom to hike tariffs by 9.6%, it identified the will increase far exceed inflation, particularly since South Africans have had unreliable electrical energy provide since 2008.
Eskom had initially requested a rise of 20.5% for the 2022/2023 monetary 12 months.