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Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding from 6pm

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The power utility initially stated that Stage 2 will be implemented at 9pm on Monday.

File image: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

ESKOM announced it will be implementing Stage 2 load shedding three hours earlier than originally planned. The power utility initially stated that Stage 2 will be implemented at 9pm on Monday.

It said the reason for the urgency to implement load shedding was because its Unit 1 of Kusile and Unit 5 Matimba have tripped and taken off 1,3000 MW of capacity, adding to its capacity constraints.

Eskom said that there would be load shedding until Tuesday night, to “replenish energy reserves for the following day”.

The power utility had previously indicated that load shedding would only last until Monday, but it had to implement power cuts again due to the loss of Koeberg Unit 1 on Sunday morning.

“We anticipate the need to utilise emergency reserves extensively during the next few days to avoid load shedding. In order to achieve this, Stage 2 load shedding will be required during Monday and Tuesday nights in order to replenish the emergency reserves for the following day,” Eskom said.

Koeberg Unit 1 tripped on Sunday morning as a result of a fault on a feedwater pump, which is on the secondary plant.

Stage 2 would then be in effect from 9pm until 5am on Tuesday morning.

Eskom implemented load shedding on Saturday in order to “replenish emergency generation reserves for the week ahead”.

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