14 May 2015
Eskom said it is gradually reaching its target of
eight-hundred-megawatts at unit six at the Medupi power station.
utility’s Acting Chief Executive Brian Molefe said this is a significant
milestone and believe that power from the unit will go a long way in
alleviating the capacity challenges the country is facing.
Medupi has experienced construction delays over the
past few months due to strike action by workers.
Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says if everything
goes according to plan, then next month in June we will be having consistently
800 megawatts coming from that unit, and it’s all credit to the workers that
have helped us to get where we are now, but also to our technicians who have
been working around the clock including public holidays to make sure that we
are where we are now and also in an effort to make sure that we avoid and minimise
the risk of load shedding.
Meanwhile Eskom has started
implementing stage one load shedding which will end at ten’ o clock tonight due
to the system being under pressure.
Eskom Spokesperson Khulu
Phasiwe said the grid is severely constrained because due to the change in
whether and that more and more people are using electric heaters.
Phasiwe says in addition to
the normal usage that we see, with people preparing meals and taking showers,
we also have this added pressure of heaters.
That is why the system is
continuously under pressure, mainly it is because of our generating units which
are currently offline and as a result because we don’t have enough generating
capacity we are unable to meet that demand, Phasiwe added.
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