Generation capacity reaches its highest this year

Eskom teams successfully returned four generation units to service, helping to relieve pressure on the system, the utility said.

These generation units returned more than 1 500MW capacity to the system. This took total generation capacity returned to the system since 10 July to more than 3 500MW.

Available capacity has risen to more than 34 000MW, the highest so far this year. We have also been able to replenish our emergency reserves, which are crucial to protect the national grid from the possibility of multiple generation unit trips. This is sufficient to enable Eskom to suspend this period of loadshedding.

No loadshedding expected for the rest of the week.

“While we are able to suspend this current period of loadshedding, Eskom urges the public to continue reducing the usage of heating appliances, geysers and other appliances as the system remains unpredictable and unreliable,” the utility said. 

“Eskom thanks the people of South Africa for their assistance in managing electricity demand in very cold weather over the past week. We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.”

Eskom will, however, be implementing load reduction from 17:00 – 22:00 to avoid network overloading in high density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

Affected areas include:

Soweto: Bram Fishcerville, Chiawelo, Dhlamini, Dobsonville, Doornkop, Emdeni, Jabulani, Lufhereng, Mapetla, Meadowlands, Molapo, Moroka, Naledi, Phiri, Protea Glen, Protea North, Protea South, Senaoane and Thulani.

Vaal: Althea AH, Boipatong, Geluksdal AH, Kanana Park, Orange Farm, Powerville, Sharpeville, Tshepiso, Vanderbijlpark N.E.3 and Vereeniging.

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