Sep 25, 2022

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SA braces for possible full week of load-shedding — Here’s the difference between stages 3 and 4

Eskom has warned of a full week of load shedding, stating that Phase 4 may continue if the utility does not accumulate enough generation capacity to meet national peak demand.

On Monday, the embattled utility increased load shedding to Level 4 after Unit 2 of the Kusile power plant failed, taking 720 MW of generation capacity.

, Eskom said It has 1,904 MW for scheduled maintenance, while 17,255 MW of capacity is unavailable due to outages.

According to Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer, Eskom suffered at least eight major outages in of its power stations, adding to the strain on the already fragile and constrained power system.

He said the expected return of some of these units this week may not be enough to suspend load shedding .

“As we look ahead to the week ahead, we lack the generation capacity we need to meet the country’s demand.

“It is important to point this out indicates that load shedding may increase with further failures. The three units that we expected to be back in service have returned. However, due to the unreliability and unpredictability of our system, we may be forced to increase the level of load shedding from 3 to 4 should something drastic happen,” he said.

< span>What is the difference between Tier 3 and Tier 4?

Tier 3 load shedding means up to 3,000MW of capacity needs to be shed. Consumers can expect to shed up to nine times for two hours each over a four-day period, or nine times for four hours each over an eight-day period.

< span >Stage 4 load shedding means that up to 4,000 MW of power must be shed. Consumers can expect to shed up to 12 times for two hours each over a four-day period, or up to 12 times for four hours each over an eight-day period.

< strong>eThekwini Load Shedding Exemption for Change

Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the load shedding exemption for the eThekwini community will change soon could this has been checked.

“The Municipality of eThekwini has almost recovered its business activity in terms of distribution in the regions affected by the floods. There will be no load shedding, but that will change soon and the teams, Eskom and the municipality eThekwini are reviewing the situation,” Mantshantsha said Burden lifted from the floods that displaced thousands and housed them in community halls and churches.

Iastatement The municipality said it was not exempt from load shedding.

“Fully automated load shedding is not possible, but customers must remain prepared for load shedding,” the municipality said.

It was said that customers may not be served in their usual load shedding blocks due to many abnormal network configurations as a result of the flood disaster.

” Please also note that the levels of load shedding in eThekwini may differ from the national levels. The energy system is dynamic and eThekwini will respond accordingly to requests from Eskom for national grid stability purposes,” it said.

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