Eskom to implement stage 2 load shedding this afternoon

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Eskom has announced that it will implement load shedding on Tuesday from 17:00.

After suspending load shedding at 05:00 on Tuesday morning, the power utility said due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, rolling blackouts would continue again in the evening, The Citizen reports.

Load shedding would then be suspended at 05:00 on Wednesday.

More load shedding expected

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha warned the constrained power supply situation would persist throughout the week, with the possibility of more load shedding should the generation capacity deteriorate further.

He said Unit 5 of Medupi Power Station, which tripped on Monday, returned to service during the night.

However, three generating units at the Camden Power Station tripped during the night, contributing to the current shortage of capacity.

“Eskom teams are working hard to return as many of these units to service as possible. We currently have 4 804MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 449MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns,” Mantshantsha said.

“We are managing the emergency generation reserves to limit the stage of load shedding. The overnight load shedding will be used to replenish the dam level at the pump storage power stations in preparation for the remainder of the week.”

Eskom said it would provide the nation with updates should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.

The Citizen