Eskom is moving from Stage 2 to Stage 4 load-shedding this morning as more breakdowns at the power utility throw Sandton and South Africa into darkness…again.
- Further failures overnight of generation units have necessitated the implementation of Stage 4 load-shedding.
- This latest round of load-shedding is scheduled to last well into the weekend.
- Total breakdowns amount to 15 439MW while planned maintenance is 5 505MW of capacity.
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Overnight a unit each at Kendal, Duvha, Camden, and Kusile power stations tripped, according to Eskom. Since then, four units have been returned to service. However, these units still need to ramp up to full output, which necessitates a high usage of emergency generation reserves today. This being the fourth day of extremely high diesel usage, the emergency reserves are being depleted faster than can be replenished. Stage 4 load-shedding will therefore give us the space required to replenish the emergency reserves and continue to manage the system safely.
Eskom, as always, appeals to all South Africans to help limit the impact of load-shedding by reducing the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.
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