Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Eskom implements Stage 3 load shedding

Power utility, Eskom, implemented stage 3 load shedding from 13:00 on Wednesday, until 6am on Thursday.

The ailing parastatal said rolling blackouts had to be introduced “following the loss of generation units and to replenish emergency generation reserves”.

“This load-shedding is necessary as the power generation system is still severely constrained due to high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days, as well as the need to replenish diminishing emergency generation reserves.’’ It said in a statement.

“The outlook for the power system is unpredictable and there is a high probability of load-shedding continuing on Thursday,” said Eskom.

A generation unit each at the Lethabo, Kendal and Duvha power stations were taken offline for repairs early on Wednesday, adding to a high number of breakdowns and units that failed to return to service as planned.

City of Cape Town-supplied customers will load shed on Stage 2. The municipality said it will thereafter, move to Stage 3 until 06:00 on Thursday.

The municipality has called on National Government to expedite the processes that will enable the procurement from independent producers.

‘’The City has been preparing for a future where more affordable and cleaner energy can be procured by municipalities. The City’s plans for more affordable, cleaner and reliable energy supply could come into fruition in the next three years.’’ Said Mayoral Committee Member For Energy And Climate Change, Phindile Maxiti.

‘’It includes building and procuring its own renewable generation capacity. But, we implore the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to provide clarity on the process as soon as possible so that we can move forward with the execution of our plans.’’ Maxiti added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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