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Phase 2 load shedding expected tonight

Power utility Eskom is expected to implement load shedding from 5 p.m. tonight until 10 p.m.

The struggling electricity supplier has been facing severe strain on the system since last week when several generating units tripped and others were unable to get back into service.

Consumers were given a small respite over the weekend when load shedding was suspended from Saturday afternoon, but it was quickly reinstated on Monday evening also between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Since [Monday] evening, a unit at the Arnot, Grootvlei and Matla power stations tripped or was taken offline for repair. At the same time, two units were returned to service; one each at Kriel and Grootvlei power stations.

“The onset of winter has seen demand increase and this will lead to severe capacity constraints throughout this period, particularly during the evening and morning peaks. Unfortunately, this would generally require the implementation of load shedding during evening peaks. Tonight Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented… with the possibility of higher stages if further outages of the generating unit occur before then,” Eskom said.

Currently, the electric utility has capacity losses amounting to 15,762 MW with an additional 3,049 MW under planned maintenance.

“One production unit each of the Kusile and Arnot power plants should be put back into service this afternoon.

“Eskom would like to remind the public that load shedding is only implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue to use electricity sparingly, especially between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the morning and between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the evening,” the electric utility said. –

Phase 2 load shedding expected tonight

SourcePhase 2 load shedding expected tonight

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