Eskom Says Frequency Of Load-shedding Has Escalated

The power utility said some generation units are arranged to return to service on Monday and Tuesday, with all hope that it will decrease the possibility of load-shedding.

Frequency Load-shedding has escalated. picture courtesy of Good Things Guy

According to Eskom, no load-shedding is expected on Monday, but the frequency of load-shedding has escalated.

“Overnight some generation units tripped unexpectedly, further reducing available capacity. We are utilizing more emergency generation reserves than initially planned to supplement supply,” said the power utility in a statement released on Monday.

On Monday morning, Eskom reported the possibility of a blackout was very low for the whole week.

The power utility said some generation units are arranged to return to service on Monday and Tuesday, with all hope that it will decrease the possibility of load-shedding.

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“We remind customers, however, that the generation system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable. As such, load shedding could be implemented at short notice if there is a change in the generation system performance. We request customers to continue using electricity sparingly to help curb demand,” Eskom said.

Unplanned breakdowns were at 13 804MW as at 7:20 on Monday morning and maintenance outages are at 6 511MW.

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Residents are reminded that there is a possibility of load shedding over the next coming 18 months as Eskom is controlling critical maintenance to reinstate the aging plant to good health.

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