The utility has attributed the fresh bout of load-shedding to a shortage of generation capacity.
LOAD-SHEDDING CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
It comes as the utility had been scheduled to enforce its last round of load-shedding on Tuesday evening. In a brief statement, Eskom says its teams managed to successfully return a unit each at the Kusile, Matimba and Arnot to service, further delays in returning other units toservice have exacerbated the capacity constraints, which hampers the ability to replenish the emergency generation reserves.
“Eskom anticipates to return Koeberg Unit 1 to service during the weekend. Eskom also expects to return five other units to service during the week. However, there are number of generation units running with risk of failure that cannot be attended to at the moment due to the current capacity constraints,” says spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
The utility says total breakdowns currently amount to 13 333MW while planned maintenance is 5 548MW of capacity.
“Eskom would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of loadshedding, and requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help us through the constraints. Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system,” Mantshantsha added.
More than a week ago Eskom suspended load-shedding, but warned South Africans it could be forced to implement the power cuts at the very last minute as there were still significant risks to its system. At the time, Eskom had been using that week-long load-shedding period to conduct some repairs to generating units and to continue with the maintenance programme.
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