Stage 2 load-shedding underway

Eskom implemented Stage 2 load-shedding this morning, meaning there will be rotational power cuts until 11pm tonight.

“As stated in the power alert issued last night, Stage 2 rotational load-shedding is currently being implemented until 11pm tonight as a result of a shortage of capacity because of a number of generating units still out of service due to breakdowns. Load-shedding is required all day today to cater for further trips and to create capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes,” reads a statement on Eskom’s website.

The power utility would communicate changes in the system during the day.

Positive developments were also reported. “We have made some progress in reducing the unplanned breakdowns from above 12 000MW yesterday to 11 000MW as at 7am this morning. There is also an improvement in managing coal handling with regard to wet coal, with only one station experiencing coal-handling problems, as a result of the incessant rains. We continue to utilise diesel and water resources at our open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes respectively, to supplement capacity.”

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