A tough week for electricity ahead

The power grid will be severely constrained for the rest of the week, parastatal Eskom said on Tuesday.

“It is possible that we may go through today [Tuesday] without implementing any load shedding,” spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.

“If any of our generating units break down we might be forced to implement [load shedding].”

Phasiwe urged Eskom consumers to use less electricity.

“We are doing everything to bring back the generators that are out on maintenance services,” he said.

Eskom’s power forecast for the week is as follows:

  • Tuesday (03 March): The capacity available to meet this evening’s peak demand is 29 421 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 31 600 MW.
  • Wednesday (04 March): The capacity available to meet that evening’s peak demand is 29 273 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 31 337 MW.
  • Thursday (05 March): The capacity available to meet that evening’s peak demand is 29 216 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 31 339 MW.

The capacity available from Friday, through to Sunday, is as follows:

  • Friday (06 March): The capacity available to meet that evening’s peak demand is 29 613 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 29 956 MW.
  • Saturday (07 March): The capacity available to meet that evening’s peak demand is 29 363 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 28 952 MW.
  • Sunday (08 March): The capacity available to meet that evening’s peak demand is 29 716 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 29 055 MW.

Eskom announced on Monday that unit six of its newly-built Medupi power station in Limpopo had produced power for the first time.

This was the first of the power station’s six units to be synchronised.

South Africa would see the unit’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the national grid within the next three months, Eskom said.

Reporting with Sapa.

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