Loadshedding Will Continue This Week After Difficult Weekend

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South Africans will have to continue to put up with rolling blackouts for at least the next week, says the country's power utility Eskom.


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South Africans will have to continue to put up with rolling blackouts for at least the next week, says the country's power utility, Eskom.
Eskom released a statement announcing the escalation of loadshedding to level four until Friday 12 November at 05:00 but have not ruled out escalating to higher levels. They will then escalate to level two. The country has had to deal with load shedding at different stages since the beginning of last month.
According to the power utility, a major incident took place in Zambia on Saturday which caused imported power from Cahora Bassa to reduce by 1000MW. The energy supply was further disrupted by a trip of a generating unit at the Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga. This pressure on the grid was then compounded more after trips of generating units at the Medupi and Matla power stations on Sunday.
Eskom added that the reliance on Open Circuit Gas Turbine power stations over the past weeks have meant that less diesel is available. This poses a further threat to the energy supply as only plans to make a mass purchase of diesel in mid-November.
Currently, total breakdowns add up to 16 697MW of capacity. This, along with planned maintenance amounting to 5 796MW. Eksom says this loadshedding is necessary to ensure the stability of power supply in the country and prevent a complete breakdown.
Mike Rossouw, CEO of Independent Energy Thought Leaders says Eskom is in the worst state it's ever been. He believes that loadshedding will continue for the foreseeable future.
He explained that problems caused by lack of maintenance over the past few years won't be fixed overnight. Only once the Eskom board, along with the government understands how dire the situation is at the power utility, will the appropriate action be taken.

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