Loadshedding Increased By Eskom

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South Africans will have to brace for further disruptions to the electricity supply after power utility Eskom announced that it will be increasing the frequency of power cuts to ensure the stability of the power grid.

 


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Eskom announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until Friday at 5am. Previously, loadshedding was only scheduled to take place during peak hours (5 PM to 5 AM) when the electricity demand is high.

However, the power utility explained that the extension of loadshedding was caused by the failure of additional units and the continued shortage of generation capacity.

Contributing factors to the shortage of generation capacity is due to delays in returning to service three generating units at Camden Power Station and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station.

Approximately 14 827 MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns while 5 379 MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.

Eskom said, “the extension of loadshedding is required to preserve the remaining emergency generation reserves in an attempt to limit the stage of loadshedding.

The power utility warned that further detritus in generation capacity may require further loadshedding. Eskom is appealing to customers to use electricity sparingly to limit the need for loadshedding.

 

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