Article by: Dumisane Dube
Eskom will implement Stage 2 loadshedding from Tuesday afternoon through to Wednesday morning.
The utility announced that load-shedding will be from 4pm until 5am on Wednesday with a possibility of load-shedding happening throughout the week.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantsantsha says the utility is experiencing breakdown of generation units at several of its power stations.
“Due to further breakdowns of generating units at Kriel, Arnot, Majuba and Tutuka power stations over the past 24 hours, as well as delays in returning units to service at Duvha and Tutuka power stations…this load-shedding will also assist to replenish the emergency generation reserves, which have been utilized extensively over the past three weeks to avoid load shedding during the day,” said Mantshatsha.
Eskom further stated that the breakdowns currently total 15 360MW of capacity, while another 1 580MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.
According to Eskom some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which would help ease the strain.
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