Stage 2 load shedding will now be EXTENDED until Saturday.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ON TUESDAY MORNING
Eskom announced on Tuesday morning that due to the breakdown of Medupi Unit 3 they have no choice but to extend the current load shedding until Saturday.
Generation group executive Phillip Dukashe said the system is fully constrained.
“We are running the system with units that are at risk.”
The power utility said on Monday that load shedding is required in order for Eskom to replenish the emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised significantly since the past weekend.
LOAD SHEDDING IS REQUIRED TO REPLENISH THE EMERGENCY GENERATION RESERVES
Since Monday morning, a unit each at the Matla, Kendal, Matimba, Kusile and Grootvlei power stations tripped, while a unit each at Arnot and Hendrina power stations was forced to shut down.
“This, in addition to other units that had tripped during the weekend, reduced available generation capacity, forcing Eskom to rely heavily on emergency generation reserves to keep the lights on,” it said.
Eskom said load shedding could also happen without any notice should there be any further significant breakdowns.
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HANDY TIPS FOR HOW TO PREPARE FOR A LOAD SHEDDING:
- Cordless phones, including NBN phones, won’t operate without mains power, so we recommend an alternative phone.
- Power fluctuations may occur when power is restored, so it’s helpful to unplug sensitive appliances such as computers and TVs to reduce the risk of damage.
- Unplug electric heaters or air conditioners, so they are off when power is restored.
- Adjust your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting.
- If you have solar panels, check your system is back on after the outage. Not all solar inverters will switch back on automatically after a power outage.
- If you have automatic garage doors or security gates, make sure you know how to operate them manually or leave your car parked outside.
- Leave a light on inside your house, so you know when power is restored.
- Alarm systems, lifts, and escalators may not operate during the power outage or may need to be reprogrammed once power is restored.
- If you don’t have a backup battery, you may like to consult with your service provider or investigate the use of a generator.
- You may need to reset reticulation timers after the outage.