Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding for Wednesday & Thursday
Eskom announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 00:00 on Wednesday evening. The ailing parastatal implemented stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday at the same times
The power utility said the reason behind Wednesday’s load shedding is due to the breakdowns of a generation unit each at Duvha, Kendal and Kriel power stations during the last 24 hours, as well as the delays in returning units to service at Arnot, Kusile and Tutuka power stations, which it says, have put a severe strain on the power generation system.
Eskom said due to the shortage of generation capacity, loadshedding will be implemented during the same time on Thursday.
‘’During the same period, Eskom teams have returned a unit each at Arnot and Tutuka power stations to service. While a generation unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service over the next 24 hours, this will still be insufficient to stave off loadshedding for Thursday afternoon,’’ said spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthantsha.
‘’We currently have 4 550MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 637MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town announced that its customers will only load shed on Stage 1 between 16:00-19:00. The municipality will thereafter suspend load shedding for the rest of the evening.
Done By: Mitchum George