Eskom load shedding

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Eskom ramp up load shedding to Stage 2 until Saturday

More bad news from Eskom on Wednesday: Load shedding has been elevated to Stage 2 from 21:00 on Wednesday.

Eskom load shedding

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Embattled power supplier Eskom has brought the nation yet more unwelcome news on Wednesday 17 March, announcing that Stage two load shedding will be implemented from 21:00 tonight and will continue until Saturday morning. 

This latest need to ramp up restrictive measures aimed at replenishing a near empty emergency electricity supply has been chalked up to further capacity loss in their generation units. 

Load shedding moves to Stage 2 from 21:00 on Wednesday 17 March  

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Eskom said that the measures had been put in place “in order to safeguard the power system”. 

“Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to further loss of generation capacity load shedding will increase to Stage 2 from 21:00 tonight and will continue until 05:00 on Saturday,” the statement reads. 

“This escalation in the stage of load shedding is required to safeguard the power system after a further loss of generating capacity at the Medupi, Arnot, Duvha and Kendal power stations. In addition to Eskom’s inability to supply the full demand, we have seen an increase in demand, which has put a further strain on the emergency generation reserves today.”

‘Please use electricity sparingly’  

Eskom said that at the heart of the maintenance issues giving repair crews a tough time are “boiler tube leaks and units tripping, as well as the delay in the return to service of a single unit at the Kendal power station”. They also blamed “higher than anticipated demand

On Wednesday leading to the extensive use of emergency generation resources”.  

“Eskom is working hard to return the units back to service as soon as possible. We currently have 6 052MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 690MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the full demand. 

The company begged customers across the country to use electricity sparingly. 

“Eskom would like to apologise for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused and requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly. The system remains vulnerable and unpredictable,” they said.