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Stages 3 and 4 load shedding until further notice – Eskom

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Get ready for more rolling blackouts as Eskom announced that Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 2pm on Tuesday.

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POWER utility Eskom on Tuesday announced that Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 2pm until 5am on Wednesday and thereafter Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented.

The ailing parastatal said these stages of load shedding will be in place until further notice.

“The reduced generation capacity as well as the high sustained demand for electricity (about 33,000MW) has required the extensive use of Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs) and pump storage generation over the past 36 hours,” Eskom acting spokesperson Daphne Mokwena said.

“To preserve the emergency reserves, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 2pm today until 5am on Wednesday. Thereafter, Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 5am until 2pm, followed by Stage 4 load shedding from 2pm until 5am on Thursday. This pattern will continue to be implemented daily until further notice.”

Breakdowns have increased to 16,313 MW of generating capacity, while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is reduced to 3,478 MW.

“Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Arnot, Matla and Medupi power stations were returned to service. In the same period, a generating unit at Matla and two generating units at Kriel power stations were taken out of service due to breakdowns.

“The delay in returning to service a generating unit at Kendal and two generating units at Tutuka power stations are contributing to the current capacity constraints,” Mokwena said.

She said teams are working tirelessly to return the generating units to service.

Eskom further appealed to the public to assist in reducing the demand by using electricity sparingly, which includes switching off geysers and pool pimps from 5pm until 9pm to alleviate the pressure on the power system and contribute to lower stages of load shedding.

Any further changes to will be communicated timeously Mokwena said.

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