Eskom has announced that no load shedding is expected on Monday, but the possibility of load shedding has increased. File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Eskom has announced that no load shedding is expected on Monday, but the possibility of load shedding has increased. File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Eskom says possibility of load shedding has increased

By Staff reporter Time of article published Mar 2, 2020

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Cape Town - Eskom has announced that no load shedding is expected on Monday, but the possibility of load shedding has increased.

"Overnight some generation units tripped unexpectedly, further reducing available capacity. We are utilising more emergency generation reserves than initially planned to supplement supply," said the power utility in a statement released on Monday.

Earlier on Monday morning, Eskom announced the probability of load shedding was low for the rest of the week.

The power utility said some generation units are planned to return to service on Monday and Tuesday, thus it hopes this will reduce the possibility of load shedding.

"We remind customers, however, that the generation system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable. As such, load shedding could be implemented at short notice if there is a change in the generation system performance. We request customers to continue using electricity sparingly to help curb demand," Eskom said. 

Unplanned breakdowns were at 13 804MW as at 7:20 on Monday morning and maintenance outages are at 6 511MW. 

Residents are reminded that that there is a possibility of increased load shedding over the next 18 months as Eskom is conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.

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