stage 3 loadshedding

Loadshedding upgraded to stage 3 for Wednesday 10 February 2021

Published by Andile Sicetsha

Eskom has announced that for Wednesday 10 February 2021, stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented to replenish reserves in South Africa’s strained power grid.

Stage 3 loadshedding confirmed: Here’s what we know

In a statement, the power utility confirmed that these upgraded rotational power outages will come into effect from 13:00 on Wednesday, until 06:00 on Thursday morning.

“This loadshedding is necessary as the power generation system is still constrained due to high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days as well as the need to replenish diminishing emergency generation reserves,” the utility said.

Eskom warned that while this level of loadshedding is scheduled for a day, there is a high possibility that power cuts will continue on Thursday.

What is the difference between stage 2 and stage 3?

The stages of loadshedding have nothing to do with the duration of outages, Eskom explains. It is all about the frequency of power cuts to conserve as many megawatts of energy as possible.

Therefore, at stage 2, Eskom replenishes at most, 2 000MW of the national load. At stage 3, this wattage is increased to 3 000MW. To achieve this, the power utility uses a frequency system that goes as follows:

  • Stage 1 requires the least amount of load shedding, 3 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 3 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 2 will double the frequency of Stage 1, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 6 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 6 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time Stage 3 will increase the frequency of Stage 2 by 50%, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 9 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 9 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.
  • Stage 4 will double the frequency of Stage 2, which means you will be scheduled for load shedding 12 times over a four day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time.

If needs be, Eskom reserves the right to shed outside of scheduled times.

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