Eskom on Wednesday urged the public to reduce electricity usage as it lost one generation unit each at two of its Mpumalanga power plants this morning.
“Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is still severely constrained. This morning one generation unit each at the Kendal and Tutuka power stations tripped, adding to the Tutuka unit that tripped yesterday evening,” said the power utility in a statement.
Both Tutuka and Kendal power plants are located in Mpumalanga.
The power utility said that while the Medupi power plant unit that tripped yesterday evening has been successfully returned to service today, the power generation system remains constrained.
“Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 – 21:00. This constrained supply situation may persist through the weekend,” it said.
Meanwhile, Eskom teams are hard at work trying to return these units to service.
Mabuza said in June that the power utility is undergoing a process of organisational transformation, which seeks to achieve significant cost reduction and savings while improving the overall efficiencies across key drivers such as expenditure on coal contracts and compensation of employees.
He said the contribution of the New Build programme to energy availability is critical in the mix of initiatives to ensure energy security.
Mabuza continued by saying that, while the system remains under pressure, the government is confident that Eskom has put in place the necessary measures to keep the lights on.