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Nelson Mandela Bay Load Shedding Schedule 2014/15

Nelson Mandela Bay Load Shedding Schedule 2014/15

Many parts of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality experienced sporadic power outages on Sunday as Eskom implemented load shedding to keep up with the reduced capacity to supply power. The power cuts started at 8am and were scheduled to continue until 10pm.

They also hit several provinces and parts of Gauteng.

In a statement posted on its website, the State utility said the power system was projected to be severely constrained for the rest of the coming week due to the loss of 1 800 megawatt (MW).

The loss in generating capacity follows the collapse of a central coal storage silo. The silo, which housed over 10 000 tons of coal, cracked and collapsed.

Coal supplies to all six units at the power station has been affected, resulting in the power station operating at reduced capacity of 1 300MW. No injuries were reported.

Eskom said teams were on site and are in the process of dispatching mobile coal feeders to site.

While the power utility said it would start implementing stage 1 of rotational load shedding on Sunday from 08:00 until 22:00 according to the published load shedding schedules available at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/by Sunday morning, Eskom said it had embarked on unprecedented stage 2 load shedding.

Stage 2 load shedding requires users to reduce electricity demand by 2000MW. Eskom’s total capacity is around 43 000MW. It is most unusual to have load shedding on a Sunday and the extent of the load reduction is even more unusual.

Electricity demand is generally speaking lower over weekends than during the week, which indicates a high probability that Eskom will move into stage 3 load shedding from Monday, requiring 4 000MW savings.

Someone nicely copied the Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay schedule into a full schedule from this year going into 2015.

Download the full schedule here.