Can 2020 get any worse? In a statement made on Friday evening, Eskom announced that they will be implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 06:00 to 23:00 on Saturday, as well as Sunday.
According to Eskom, the system is severely constrained. “Eskom also needs to implement this loadshedding in order to replenish the depleted emergency generation reserves for the coming week.”
IOL reports that the power utility warned South Africans on Wednesday that there was a “high probability” of loadshedding from now until next September, should any further capacity be lost.
“As Eskom ramps up its planned maintenance during the lower demand summer period, as previously committed, it has had a large number of unforeseen breakdowns from the ageing, unreliable plant over the past few days.”
Eskom also stated that it took two of the generation units at the Kendal Power Station offline. This was done to comply with the environmental legislation, says News24. The publication also reports that another four generation units at the Camden Power Station was taken offline. Eskom states the reason for this was to “conserve the integrity of the ash dam facility.”
“We currently have 7452MW on planned maintenance,” says the statement. “While another 10 208MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance.”
The Eskom team is reportedly “working around the clock” to quickly return the units to service.
The power utility requests the country to keep using electricity sparingly in order to assist in limiting the impact of loadshedding.
“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience during this difficult period. We will continue timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system.”
Eskom to implement Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 06:00 tomorrow until 23:00, which will
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 11, 2020