Stage 6 load shedding implemented until further notice
Eskom has announced that Stage 6 load shedding will be implemented indefinitely.
The ailing parastatal implemented the current load shedding stage at 08:34 on Friday, due to the breakdown of eight generating units overnight and Friday morning.
In a statement, the power utility said because of this, it had to use excessive use of Open Cycle Gas Turbines and pumped storage generation.
“The inability to pump water overnight at the pumped storage schemes and the low diesel levels has resulted in critically low emergency reserves which needs to be conserved.”
“Since Thursday afternoon, breakdowns of a unit each at Duvha, Grootvlei, Tutuka, Kriel, Lethabo, Camden power stations occurred as well as two units at Kendal Power Station. In addition, the delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Arnot, Duvha, Matla, Camden and Hendrina power stations has contributed to the capacity constraints. Regrettably, no units were returned to service in the past 24 hours,” said Menzi Mngomezulu, Eskom’s Crisis Communication Manager.
The parastatal requested the public to reduce the usage of electricity and to exercise patience and tolerance during this difficult period.
“Loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort in view of the shortage of generation capacity and the need to attend to breakdowns,” he added.
Done By: Mitchum George