Stage 2 load shedding for Tuesday evening
Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 16:00 to midnight on Tuesday evening.
"There is also a high probability that load shedding will require to be implemented during the same time on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings," the power utility said.
"The breakdowns of a single generation unit at Arnot Power Station and three at Tutuka Power Station during the last 24 hours, as well as the delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations have put a severe strain on the power generation system."
Currently, 4 550MW is out on planned maintenance, while another 14 182MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
15 August 17:22
Stage 2 load shedding might be implemented on Monday evening
Stage 2 load shedding might be required at short notice from 18:00 to midnight on Monday.
"The breakdowns of a generation unit each at the Kriel, Majuba, Matla and three units at Arnot Power Station during the last 24 hours, as well as delays in returning units to service at Kusile, Lethabo and Tutuka power stations have put a severe strain on the power generation system," Eskom said in a statement.
Eskom said it had 4 508MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 622MW of capacity was unavailable due to breakdowns.
"We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly, especially during these uncertain times on the power system."
10 August 13:56
Stage 2 load shedding may be on the cards for later today
Stage 2 load shedding might be required at short notice from 16:00 to midnight on Wednesday.
Breakdowns at the Majuba, Tutuka and Kriel power stations have put a severe strain on the power generation system, Eskom said.
Stage 2 load shedding may be required at short notice should any further significant breakdowns occur.
The delay in returning two generation units at Arnot, a unit each at Kusile and Hendrina power stations has exacerbated the electricity generation constraints.
Some 4 479MW in capacity is out on planned maintenance, while another 12 951MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
The last round of load shedding ended on Sunday.
07 August 10:22
Eskom says Stage 2 load shedding has been suspended for Sunday afternoon.
It is due to much improved generation capacity and the lower weekend demand, as well as a full recovery in emergency generation reserves,
The generation system is still vulnerable to breakdowns and load shedding may be required. Eskom, therefore, urges the public to continue using electricity sparingly.
Eskom currently has 4 116MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 437MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
05 August 15:07
Stage 2 load shedding on both Saturday and Sunday
Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented until midnight on Friday and again during the evening peak from 16:00 until 24:00 on both Saturday and Sunday, Eskom said on Friday afternoon.
Capacity constraints have been worsened by delays in returning units to service at Koeberg, Kusile and Tutuka power stations. There have also been breakdowns of a unit each at Camden and Medupi, as well as of two at Hendrina and four at Arnot.
571MW are out on planned maintenance, while another 15 624MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
03 August 19:21
Stage 4 load shedding on Thursday evening
Load shedding will be pushed to Stage 4 on Thursday during the evening peak from 16:00 to 24:00, Eskom said on Wednesday evening.
Stage 2 will be implemented from 05:00 until 16:00 on Thursday.
"It is anticipated that Stage 2 will [also] be implemented [from] 05:00 to 24:00 on Friday," Eskom added.
03 August 09:50
Stage 2 load shedding for Wed and Thurs evening
Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load shedding from 16:00 to 24:00 on Wednesday and Thursday.
"The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Koeberg and the Kusile power stations, as well as the unplanned outage of a generation unit each at Camden, Medupi and two units each at Grootvlei, Hendrina and Majuba power stations, have exacerbated the capacity constraints," Eskom said.
Some units are expected to return to service over the next few days.
Eskom currently has 2 931MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 051MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
02 August 11:43
Stage 2 expected at short notice for next three days
Eskom warned on Tuesday that Stage 2 load shedding might be implemented at short notice between 16:00 and 24:00 over the next three days.
This is due to a delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Kusile and the Koeberg power stations, as well as the failure of a generation unit each at Medupi, Hendrina, Camden, and two units at Majuba.
Some generation units at other power stations are expected to return to service over the next few days. However, should there be any further loss of generation capacity over the next three days, or should some units fail to return to service as anticipated, load shedding may be required to be implemented at short notice, Eskom said.
Eskom currently has 2 986MW out on planned maintenance, while another 15 513MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.
01 August 17:22
Cabinet ministers unpack steps to end load shedding
Several regulations will have to be managed to enable government's package to respond to the energy crisis.
Ministers of the Energy Crisis Committee briefed the media on Monday on steps being taken to achieve the objects of the power plan, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week.
Government's two main objectives is to improve the performance of Eskom's power stations, while adding as much new generation capacity to the grid as possible.
During the briefing Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele announce that six power stations have been identified to have maintenance prioritised. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana shared that Eskom had not yet approached Treasury for maintenance funding. But if the need arises Treasury will respond.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, in turn, shared that Eskom intends to fund its maintenance internally first. "My view is that Eskom must find the cash within its own resources, and then we will see what needs to be done." Gordhan stressed that dealing with overpricing by suppliers can help Eskom save a lot of money.
To strengthen the power utility's operations, Gordhan added that former Eskom managers would mentor younger Eskom employees by allowing the transference of skills and knowledge sharing.
Police Minister Bheki Cele added that steps are being taken to tackle theft and sabotage at Eskom.
In order to rollout renewable energy power as quick as possible, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy shared plans to streamline the environmental impact assessment process to have projects get off the ground quicker.
Similarly Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel shared on government's plans to reduce the local content requirements of solar PV modules, to get electricity on the grid as rapidly as possible.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe suggested there would be no blockages from his department and shared that the issuance of section 34 determinations – to procure more power - is an ongoing process.
So far the energy crisis committee, which includes officials from Eskom has already started meeting regularly and eight work streams have been established to ensure coordination across government, said Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele.
Gungubele added that there is oneness and decisiveness by the committee.
01 August 17:00
Gordhan said an intervention of getting additional power online (through bid windows and IPPs) could take between 12 months and 36 months to achieve.
01 August 16:57
Gordhan speaks to an exemption requested from Mantashe and Godongwana - to allow Eskom to be exempted from certain regulatory requirements.
This is so that when they see opportunities to buy from the private sector, they will be able to do so.
01 August 16:56
A training programme will be re-instituted at Eskom, which lasts between 20 to 24 months. It relates to leadership and skills to run power stations.
The first 20 candidates have already entered the programme.
01 August 16:53
Gordhan reiterates that the aim is to get more generation capacity, while maintaining plants better, and ensure there are the right skills at the leadership of the power stations and at the operations of the power stations.
There is a team of former Eskom power station managers and senior managers who will come into Eskom to mentor younger managers.
01 August 16:51
01 August 16:50
Mantashe says there are very few mining houses at this stage with excess capacity to feed to Eskom.
Goldfields is constructing a 40MW plant - Mantashe is hopeful excess capacity will be sold to Eskom. He adds that Sasol has excess capacity being sold to Eskom.
01 August 16:47
Gungubele says that the plan is widely consulted and has been endorsed by various institutions.
South Africa has thrown the ball back into our court to say "implement".
Gungubele says the crisis committee is in place and is already meeting.
01 August 16:45
Gordhan says there are people available to join Eskom board. A shortlist is ready. Several board names will be announced for the Eskom board, the transmission board and possibly the generation board.
01 August 16:44
Gordhan says the ANC's energy policy is not outdated. The IRP 2019 reflected the assumptions that were valid at the time it was drawn up.
01 August 16:42
Gordhan is looking at a new storage project - with a private sector entity - but this is still a while off.
01 August 16:42
Gordhan responds to questions on the funds to maintenance.
My view is that Eskom must find the cash within its own resources, and then we will see what needs to be done.
Getting rid of overpricing and exploitation by contractors will help Eskom save a fair amount of money.
01 August 16:41
Gordhan says dispatchable emergency power includes gas or current Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT) that run on diesel. The OCGT can use gas too. The use of gas is the responsibility of Mantashe to enable.
01 August 16:38
Mantashe defends IRP 2019.
He says the assumptions IRP 2019 are based on are not wrong.
But time has since passed and assumptions have now changed. IRP 2019 is currently being reviewed.
Mantashe adds that the issuance of a section 34 determination to allow for the procurement of more power, is an ongoing process.
He says it is made to be a "big issue". But the department has to reconcile its determination with Nersa. Once that happens, the determination can go ahead.
01 August 16:36
Mantashe says that in 1998 government was notifed that it would need new capacity by 2007.
The state has always known a crisis would be coming our way.
In 2007, the excess capacity disappeared.
01 August 16:35
01 August 16:33
Mantashe says that there are coal-fired power stations earmarked for decommissioning. They should be repurposed, possibly with gas.
01 August 16:31
He says that if powerships need to comply with technicalities, such as environmental assessments, they must do so.
But powerships are "not forbidden" for doing business in South Africa.
01 August 16:31
Minister Mantashe now responds to questions.
On Karpowerships - he says anything that is not forbidden is allowed.
Sourcing energy from powerships is not forbidden.
01 August 16:28
Godongwana says that Eskom's debt is unsustainable. Therefore, if it is unsustainable, it places a risk to the sovereign.
To avoid that sovereign risk, the sovereign has to step in. That principle is agreed to.
We will have a Cabinet Lekgotla on 1 September to deal with the issue.
What has not been settled is the quantum of the debt to be taken on by the sovereign. Eskom and Treasury officials are developing scenarios which will be tabled before Cabinet.
01 August 16:26
The third issue is the cost of maintenance by Eskom.
Eskom has not approached Treasury for now, to cover its cost of maintenance.
A figure that was considered was R2 billion, but upon interacting with Eskom the power utility said it is too early to discuss the maintenance budget.
The generation division has already receieved R8bn for maintenance,
If the need arises, we will respond to it, says Godongwana.
01 August 16:24
01 August 16:23
The PFMA issues are among the regulations to be managed, says Godongwana.
In other words, of there is any regulatory issues - such as deviations to the PFMA that need to be done to ensure that services are delivered - that will be done.
01 August 16:22
Godongwana says that there are a range of regulatory issues that will have to be managed.
01 August 16:22
Godongwana speaks to issues on the deviation from the Public Finance Management Act.
Part of the package (to respond to the energy crisis) involves dealing with red tape says Godongwana.
01 August 16:15
Cele says the copper thefts are not just limited to Eskom. It affects other entities like Telkom too.
He says special teams have been created to deal with sabotage on infrastructure, and sabotage on the mines by zama-zamas, and sabotage at power stations.
01 August 16:13
Cele says acts of sabotage include damaging the effectiveness of machinery.
Outside the power stations acts of sabotage include theft of copper.
01 August 16:12
Cele says that Eskom's management is working with police to clamp down on crime.
We are hopeful that the whole chain of the justice system will take those matters seriously.
In the last financial year there were 210 cases opened and 191 of those people were found guilty and are doing between 10 and 15 years.
01 August 16:08
01 August 16:08
We have developed a flexiblity framework for Bid Window 5 to cover solar PV panels specifically - the area the market requested, says Patel.
There is a current local content requirement of 100% for PV modules. This will now be reduced to 35%.
Within the 35% produced locally - if there are delays or challenges of supply - there is an exemption facility to be put in place. This is a wide deviation, put in place because it is helpful to the economy, says Patel.
For future bid windows, the localisation targets are intended to be incrementally increased to increase local production, create jobs and strengthen supply chain security, he adds.
01 August 16:06
The priority is to get as much electricity and energy into the grid, as rapidly as possible.
It is fundamental. It is important for the economy, growth, industrialisation and localisation ambition across the economy and all South Africans, says Patel.
The localisation targets for component manufacturing, in this case, the solar PV module, should not retard the speed with which IPPs and Eskom can get energy onto the grid, says Patel.
01 August 16:04
Bid Window 5 has a provision that requires certain components to be locally manufactured, says Patel.
In respect of solar plants - it has been proposed to government, that the solar PV module should be more flexibly designated. The PV module consists of cells that transform the sun's rays to electrical energy.
There are two producers of these modules in South Africa - one is based in eThekwini and another in Buffalo City.
I am advised these firms have invested about R75 million in local capacity for the new programme announced by government.
01 August 16:02
01 August 16:01