Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility, has announced the suspension of load shedding until 4pm on Sunday.
This decision comes as a result of lower than expected electricity demand. Eskom acting spokesperson, Aubrey Sambo, stated that the return to service of three generating units has contributed to the decrease in load shedding.
However, starting at 4 pm on Sunday, stage 1 power cuts will be implemented until further notice. Eskom will provide an update on the outlook for the following week on Sunday and communicate any significant changes that may occur.
In other news, Eskom recently completed a successful full-load rejection test on Unit 1 of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. This test was conducted after the installation of new steam generators, as required by the South African Grid Code (SAGC).
The purpose of the test was to verify and demonstrate the unit’s ability to supply its auxiliary load and return to steady state conditions after a sudden disconnection from the national grid.
The completion of this test serves as an encouragement for Eskom as it plans to undertake similar steam generator replacement activities on Unit 2. Unit 1 at the Koeberg Power Station was synchronized with the grid last month, following the replacement of three original steam generators. Unit 2 is currently undergoing a similar mechanical process.
Each unit of the Koeberg Power Station has the capacity to generate 900MW when operating optimally, which is equivalent to two stages of load shedding.
Eskom continues to work towards improving its power generation capabilities and ensuring a stable supply of electricity to meet the country’s needs.