Residents and visitors to Sandton will be left without power again, as Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding from 9pm tonight until 5am on Monday at short notice.
- The latest round of load-shedding is due to ‘a shortage of generation capacity’, reports Eskom.
- Eskom customers are requested to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help ease the constraint.
- Eskom will communicate further should there be any significant changes to the power system.
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Over the past week, there have been multiple breakdowns and trips, including those at Tutuka, Kriel, Hendrina, Kusile, Arnot, and Kendal power stations. While some of these units have returned to service, Eskom has had to utilise extensive emergency generation reserves to supplement capacity during the week – these reserves now need to be replenished in order to increase available capacity for the week ahead.
The latest load-shedding has been caused by breakdowns, numerous trips at various power stations, as well as delays in returning units to service, according to Eskom. This has required the state-owned enterprise to rely heavily on emergency generation reserves, which are now at very low levels.
To ensure adequate reserves for the week ahead, it is deemed necessary to preserve the remaining emergency reserves and to replenish as much as possible before Monday. Total breakdowns currently amount to 15 627MW while planned maintenance is 4 954MW of capacity.
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