Update: 10:50 15/02/2015: Eskom will move loadshedding from Stage 2 to Stage 1 from 12:00 today.
On Stage 1 loadshedding it is generally not required off Sol Plaatje to introduce rolling blackouts, then only geysers are shed.
18:55 14/02/2015: Loadshedding will continue on Sunday, 15/02/215 on Stage 2 from 08:00 to 22:00
16:40 13/02/2015: Eskom announced Stage 2 loadshedding for tomorrow Saturday, 14/02/2015 from 08:00 to 22:00.
Eskom did an about turn since the morning and changed the weekend outlook from “no loadshedding expected” to a declaration of Stage 2 loadshedding on Saturday.
Eskom “Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented on Saturday from 08:00 to 22:00 as the system is constrained.”
“We will use the weekend to build up diesel stocks & dam water levels for open cycle gas turbine plants & pump storage schemes respectively”
“The probability of loadshedding is medium to high on Sunday. We will keep you informed.”
Two offline generating units came back on-line yesterday and Eskom expects more to return to service. Yesterday 10 000MW of electricity production was offline but the returning units are releaving pressure on the electricity network. Together with the fact that a large number of companies will be closed, the outlook for the weekend is very promising. Barring major unplanned breakdowns no loadshedding is expected on Saturday and Sunday.
Eskom projects peak electricity usage over the weekend at 28 000MW and generating capacity is expected to be 30 000MW.
Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said that there are still a number of generators offline at this stage. “We are working on getting them back on line to stabilise the grid. We want to quickly get them back in service.”
“The units will ramp up gradually but it will take some time. Our aim is to keep the lights on. In some situations, like on Wednesday in our efforts to keep the lights on, generators broke down and as a result we had to implement load shedding to prevent a system collapse,” Phasiwe said.