Following the return to service of at least six generating units at power stations, Eskom expects to implement Stage 1 and Stage 3 load shedding until further notice. Unplanned breakdowns and delays in returning generation units to service last week paved way for intense load shedding, reaching Stage 6 by Thursday last week. Now, the power utility says it will implement Stage 1 between 5am and 4pm followed by Stage 3 between 4pm, and 5am every day.
An Eskom spokesperson said: “Since Friday, a generating unit each at Kriel, Lethabo, Majuba, Matla power stations and two generating units at Arnot power station were returned to service. The delay in returning to service a generating unit each at Kendal and Matla power stations and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station is contributing to the current capacity constraints. Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return these generating units to service.”
The electricity provider warned that as cold front begins to roll in later this week, demand is expected to rise – putting further pressure on the already constrained power grid.