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Eskom will halt load shedding tonight, and resume in the morning, the utility announced on Friday.
This comes after Stage 4 load shedding was stepped down to Stage 3 at 2pm Friday.
Stage 3 load shedding will continue until 11pm Friday. The utility will then stop load shedding until 7am Saturday, when it will resume at Stage 2.
The good news is that Koeberg’s faulty power unit will be switched on tomorrow, a day earlier than expected.
Date: 13 March 2020
Loadshedding reduced to Stage 3 until 23:00, will resume with Stage 2 at 07:00 tomorrow@News24 @TimesLIVE @eNCA @iol @SABCNewsOnline @TheCitizen_News @SAfmRadio @POWER987News @ukhozi_fm @METROFMSA @ewnupdates @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/Nwg7mLTM90
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 13, 2020
This, coupled with lower weekend demand, is the reason load shedding will be taken down two notches.
Koeberg faults caused by jellyfish
South Africa has been forced to face Stage 4 load shedding for the first time in three months after Koeberg’s unit 1 generator tripped due to cooling issues.
In a statement issued late on Thursday, Eskom explained that the faults were caused by jellyfish and other marine life which clogged the seawater filter.
The filter was undamaged and has since been restored.
Date: 12 March 2020
Koeberg Unit 1 Trip Status Update@News24 @TimesLIVE @eNCA @iol @SABCNewsOnline @TheCitizen_News @SAfmRadio @POWER987News @ukhozi_fm @METROFMSA @ewnupdates @Newzroom405 @chrisyelland @EngNewsZA pic.twitter.com/kj3kYQjcBM
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 12, 2020
Eskom has failed to issue an update on the status of the seven generating units which failed last weekend.
As of 5pm Friday, planned and unplanned outages cut more than 16 700 MW from the national grid.
Memeburn’s additional Eskom and load shedding coverage
For full coverage of Eskom’s power crisis, bookmark our Eskom coverage.
- Looking for load shedding schedules? We’ve compiled a list of schedules, from stage 1 through 8, for the country’s largest cities and municipalities.
- If you need a battery backup to get you through the dark, Gearburn takes a look at some of the highest used-rated UPS units on sale in South Africa.
- Require pocket power instead? Gearburn takes a look at five power banks currently on sale in South Africa for under R200.
Feature image: Andy Walker/Memeburn