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Eskom implements stage 2 load shedding

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Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding from 5 pm on Wednesday. Picture Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

ESKOM will implement stage 2 load shedding from 5pm on Wednesday until 11pm on Friday night, due to a constrained generation capacity.

It warned that load shedding could be implemented at short notice, should any further breakdowns occur before then.

“Continued poor performance at the Kusile, Duvha and Tutuka power stations, as well as delays in returning some other units to service and breakdowns over the last week, have caused the need to implement this load shedding. Eskom has had to extensively utilise the emergency generation reserves, which are being rapidly depleted. This period of load shedding will be used to replenish the emergency generation reserves.”

Eskom said it currently had 6 212 megawatts on planned maintenance, while another 11 217 megawatts of capacity was unavailable due to breakdowns and delays.

“This has led to our inability to supply the increasing demand. There is a high probability that load shedding may continue to be implemented throughout the weekend, depending on plants returning to service from planned maintenance, as well as the levels of the emergency generation reserves.”

It stated that they would continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changed.

“Eskom continues to implement reliability maintenance during this period, and as such the system will continue to be constrained, with the possibility of load shedding remaining elevated.

“Eskom requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unpredictable.”