Eskom announces Stage 4 load shedding from 2pm
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Cape Town - Power utility Eskom has announced that Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 2pm on Tuesday due to "additional breakdowns".
"Load shedding will move to Stage 4 from 14:00 this afternoon after Koeberg Unit 1 tripped. The unit has been disconnected from the grid due to a fault on the turbine side, however the nuclear reactor remains safe," said Eskom in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
"The teams are investigating the root causes of the fault, and will advise of the remedy as soon as it is established. The loss of approximately 930MW unit puts further strain on the generation fleet, necessitating an increase int he stage of load shedding."
"As the ageing fleet is currently constrained, unpredictable and vulnerable, we advise South Africans that the stage of loadshedding may change at short notice should there be an unexpected change in the generation system performance. Demand has also risen incrementally since January."
The power utility has once again urged South Africans to continue to use electricity sparing.
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