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Eskom has announced that it will lease land to renewable energy producers. Photo: Flickr

Eskom urges customers to reduce power, load shedding possible

Eskom has warned consumers that the power grid is under pressure and that it might have to implement load shedding at short notice.

Eskom electricity

Eskom has announced that it will lease land to renewable energy producers. Photo: Flickr

Eskom has urged the public to reduce usage of electricity as the power system is under pressure, although it noted that load shedding is not on the cards at the moment.

However, Eskom warned that if the system came under any further pressure due to breakdowns, then load shedding would have to be implemented at short notice.

Eskom made the announcement on Thursday saying that the power system was under pressure due to a number of generating unit breakdowns

 “While there is currently no load shedding anticipated, Eskom would like to request the public to reduce the usage of electricity,” Eskom said.

“The power system is under severe pressure due to a number of generating unit breakdowns, which will necessitate an increased utilisation of emergency generation reserves,” Eskom said.

“Total breakdowns amount to 14 925MW while planned maintenance is 4 759MW of capacity. Should there be any further breakdowns, Eskom might be forced to implement loadshedding at short notice,” Eskom warned.

 “While Eskom expects a number of generating units to return to service from breakdowns during the course of the next few days, we urge the public to reduce the usage and to continue using electricity sparingly to assist in avoiding load shedding,” Eskom said.

 “Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.”

 Eskom noted in its latest statement that it had not implemented loadshedding since 22 July 2021.

However, in a notice issued last night Eskom implemented load reduction in some parts of Mpumalanga on Thursday 7 October. The load reduction schedule ran from 5am to 7am in the morning and will be repeated from 5pm to 7pm in the evening.

“Eskom wishes to notify its customers in Mpumalanga province that it will implement load shedding reduction to precinct network overloading in affected areas,” Eskom said.

Click here to view the full list of areas that will be affected by Eskom’s load reduction in Mpumalanga for several hours during both the morning and evening of Thursday 7 October.