Heavy loadshedding expected next week

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Fill up those generators and power the solar lamps: South Africa is in for a rather rough time in terms of loadshedding next week.

Eskom released its System Status Bulletin on Friday, detailing the nation’s power situation for the weekend and next week – and things are falling a bit short due to maintenance on some unit.

“The electricity system remains significantly constrained today and for the rest of the week leading into the weekend, as well as next week as demand surpasses available supply. The shortage of generating capacity is due to several units being out of service for maintenance,” Eskom said in a statement.

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It reiterated that even though loadshedding has been, and will be, implemented, only 4% of the country is without power during this time.

A more detailed look at the next couple of days:

  • Friday: The capacity available is 30 878 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 31 426 MW.
  • Saturday (16 May): The capacity available is 31 068 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 30 342 MW.
  • Sunday (17 May): The capacity available is 31 068 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 31 156 MW.
  • Monday (18 May): The capacity available is 31 998 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 33 352 MW.
  • Tuesday (19 May): The capacity available is 31 710 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 33 473 MW.
  • Wednesday (20 May): The capacity available is 31 460 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 33 463 MW.

“We call on all South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly. Homeowners and businesses can do so with just four steps: first, switching off geysers and pool pumps; second, switching off non-essential lights; third, efficient use of air-conditioners by keeping the room temperature at 23⁰C; and finally, responding to the alerts on TV each evening,” Eskom said.

[Image – CC by 2.0/Daniel Antunes]

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