Sandton backup generators will need to work a little harder this week as Eskom announces Stage 4 load-shedding from 12-noon today until 5am on October 29.
- Stage 2 load-shedding will take over on October 29 and be implemented until 5am on Saturday.
- Total breakdowns currently amount to 14’957MW while planned maintenance is 5’301MW of capacity.
- Stage 4 load-shedding could see parts of greater Sandton without power as much as three times a day.
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Due to a further shortage of generation capacity, Eskom has ramped up load-shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4 leaving Sandton residents, visitors, and businesses having to reshuffle plans or cough up more money, to bridge the power utility short-comings. Over the past 24 hours, a unit each at Medupi, Kusile, and Matla power stations tripped while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down. This constrained the power system further, advises Eskom, requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and therefore, hampering the recovery of these reserves.
Some generating units have returned to service and Eskom anticipates another two units to return to service during the course of the day. In addition, Koeberg Unit 1 is expected to return to service later today and begin ramping up to full output within 48 hours.
Load-shedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of load-shedding, according to Eskom, and is, therefore, no cause for alarm as the power system remains to be effectively controlled.
Eskom requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to aid the constraints.
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