Eskom: 'High probability’ of load shedding

Eskom: 'High probability’ of load shedding

Eskom warned on Wednesday morning that the power system is under severe pressure.

Eskom load shedding - AFP

The power utility says while it was able to avoid power cuts on Tuesday evening, there is once again a high probability of rolling blackouts on Wednesday. 

As the shortage of generation capacity still persists, caused by breakdowns in generation units and delays in others returning to service, Eskom continues to experience supply constraints,” says Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha. 

“While no load shedding is anticipated at this point, Eskom could be forced to implement Stage 1 or, if necessary, Stage 2 load shedding at short notice should any further breakdowns occur.“

The rolling blackouts are likely to be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00 in the evening, Mantshantsha says. 

But he adds that the outlook for the rest of the week is expected to improve.

“Breakdowns are currently totalling 13 899MW of capacity, while another 2 220MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.”

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