Load shedding was increased to level 4 on Monday due to further loss of generation capacity.
Eskom said unit 2 of the Kusile power plant failed, taking with it 720 MW of generation capacity.
“While this device has since been put back into service, it will slowly charge to full capacity during the night. Regrettably, this additional loss of capacity will require Eskom to increase load shedding to level 4 from 5pm to 10pm tonight,” it said in a statement Monday.
The utility said it will Continue to monitor the system, adjust and communicate changes if necessary.
“This morning, one generating unit each at the Hendrina, Tutuka and Kriel power plants was put back into operation, while a unit at the Arnot power plant was taken offline for repairs. We have 1,904 MW for scheduled maintenance while another 17,255 MW is unavailable due to outages.”
Eskom has appealed to all South Africans to limit the impact of load shedding by reducing power consumption and switching Remove all non-essential items.
“Eskom would like to remind the public that load shedding is only used as a last resort to protect the national power grid. We urge all South Africans to continue to use electricity sparingly, especially between the hours of 5am and 9am and between 4pm and 10pm.”
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