There are no signs of recovery in Eskom’s power fleet, and load shedding is expected to continue or increase in the near future, according to analysts.
In January, Eskom is scheduled to continue with planned maintenance at Cape Town’s Koeberg power station, which may lead to further problems, according to an energy analyst.
One of Koeberg’s units will be offline for five months beginning in January, which worries me,” he said. “When that unit is back in service, the other one will follow suit.” “This means that producing capacity of around 900MW will be unavailable for the majority of next year,” added Yelland.
PwC senior economist Dr Christie Viljoen said that it was impossible to forecast load shedding in South Africa because of the unpredictable nature of power disruptions.
The fact that Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter recently stated that load shedding was the result of worker carelessness makes things much worse.
You can spend a fortune on the appropriate equipment and repair anything that’s wrong, but if individuals are careless, the issue persists.
Stage 4 load shedding was announced by Eskom on Friday (4 November), with stage 2 load shedding in place for the rest of the weekend, according to the company.
Three generating units at Kendal power station were shut down, as well as a unit each at Tutka and Matimba power stations, and the delayed return of units at Majuba and Lethabo, according to the power utility.
In order to save the remaining fuel at these power stations, Stage 4 load shedding is required. OCGT (open-cycle gas turbine) generators cannot be used at this time.
To continue generating with the OCGTs at the current rate, there is insufficient fuel supply in the country.” After today and overnight, it is expected that a few generating units will be back in operation, which will enable for the rest of the weekend to be stage 2 load-shedding.”
A summer load shedding prediction for 2021/2022 from Eskom indicates that its system would be severely limited for the foreseeable future.
For people living in one of these major metros, find below load shedding schedules: