Johannesburg - This week, it’s back to work, back to school - and probably back to load shedding.
“The power system is expected to be extremely constrained this week as more businesses reopen, workers return and scholars go back to school. The demand for electricity is therefore expected to increase with moderate risk of load shedding,” said Eskom.
“The system remains vulnerable, meaning any extra load or faults may necessitate load shedding.”
Eskom started the week with just over 32 000MW available. Load shedding looks imminent on Tuesday night with a margin of less than 100MW. Eskom says there is 30 277MW available to meet the expected evening peak demand of 30 180MW. Wednesday night is similarly tight. Thursday is worse, with demand forecast as greater than available supply.
By Friday evening, the problem eases a little. Last Friday, Eskom implemented the first load shedding of the year. That reduced demand to 28 358MW, which was met by the available capacity of 28 634MW. This week, Eskom has just under 4 000MW offline for planned maintenance, which is low compared to recent weeks.