Eskom warned Monday that the country’s power system would be severely restricted during evening peak periods, with the possibility of short-term load shedding should units fail.
The utility said there The capacity was sufficient during the day to meet demand, but it was concerned about peaks when electricity demand increases.
“We urge all South Africans to use electricity sparingly, especially between 5:00 am and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We have 3,049 MW for scheduled maintenance while another 14,985 MW are unavailable due to outages.”
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Eskom expects one generating unit each to come back on stream at the Kusile and Kendal power plants ahead of Monday’s evening peak.
“Should any of these units fail to return as expected, the power system will be severely curtailed, presenting an increased likelihood of short-term load shedding. The restart of one generating unit each in Matimba and Lethabo as well as two units in Hendrina and three in Tutuka power plant has been delayed, leading to increasing restrictions.”
The onset of winter had led to increased demand and would lead to a restricted system.
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