Eskom warns of possible load shedding

Eskom has warned that it might have to implement stage 2 load shedding at short notice during the evening peak over the weekend.

The ailing power utility suspended rolling power cuts on Thursday evening, although the generation system remains constrained.

In a statement, Eskom said this is due to a shortage of generation capacity owing to breakdowns and delays in returning some generating units to service.

‘’The cold front expected during the weekend is also anticipated to result in increased demand for electricity, adding to the capacity constraints. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly. Eskom will promptly communicate should there be any significant changes,’’ said spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthsantsha.

The spokesperson said unit 2 at Koeberg was shut down on Friday morning as part of operating procedures, which has increased the possibility of loadshedding.

‘’During routine testing of the control rod mechanism on the unit, one of the control rods developed a mechanical problem… It has not yet been determined how long the repairs will take, but it could be up to five days, whereafter the unit will ramp up over three days. During this period the probability of loadshedding has increased.’’

He added that the breakdown of two generation units at Hendrina Power Station and the delay in returning a generating unit each at Kendal, Komati, Kusile and Tutuka power stations during the last 24 hours have put a severe strain on the power generation system.

‘’During the same period, Eskom teams have returned to service a generating unit each at Kriel and Matla power stations. Eight generating units are expected to return to service by Monday evening.’’


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