There is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months
Eskom implemented Stage 2 load shedding from 9:00am to 6:00am as a result of plant breakdowns/increased power supply/tea lady at head office tripping the main breaker/rain on the coal supply/general petulance/upcoming elections/misguided support of Another Night of Candles.
In a statement on Thursday morning it said that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented due to the loss of three additional units overnight that has increased the shortage in capacity.
“There is a high probability that load shedding will continue over the weekend, as there is a need to replenish reserves for the coming week.”
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 938 MW at 5:30 am on Thursday, while planned maintenance was at 4 654MW. Emergency reserves were at adequate levels and were used to supplement the shortage in capacity, said Eskom.
It urged customers to continue to reduce demand and to use electricity sparingly.
“There is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.”
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