Just when we thought load shedding was a thing of the past, Eskom released a statement announcing its plans to implement stage 2 load shedding again.
Scheduled from noon until 10 pm today, the power utility chalks this up to challenges of a constrained power system.
“Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the last 48 hours,” it said on Tuesday morning.
Eskom attributed this to a generator braking down at Arnot, Medupi, Lethabo, Matla power stations, respectively, while another two units failed at Majuba, Camden and Tutuka power stations.
“This, together with the need to conserve emergency generation reserves, necessitates that load shedding is implemented in order to protect the integrity of the system,” Eskom explained.
It went on to say that the unplanned breakdowns stand at 11 665MW of capacity, adding to the 4 558MW currently out on planned maintenance.
In addition, Eskom has also warned that any further deterioration in the generation performance may call for even more power cuts at short notice.
“As the aged generation infrastructure is unreliable and volatile, this constrained power system is expected to persist for the rest of the week.”
South Africans are urged to help reduce electricity usage to help Eskom to minimise the chances of more load shedding in the future.