JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Monday said it was not implementing load shedding but the power grid was stretched with a low possibility of load shedding for the rest of week.
"We will keep our customers informed if there are any changes to the system. Eskom would like to thank its customers for assisting in keeping the power system stable by reducing their energy usage on Sunday when it implemented stage 1 load shedding," said Eskom group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe.
"Our customers’ response enabled us to increase our emergency reserves earlier than projected and we could therefore stop load shedding at 7pm instead of 10pm."
Hadebe said the wider context for the tight system performance was that their generation system currently faces operational challenges, which include deterioration of coal fired power stations, 10 stations with less than 20 coal stock days as per grid code requirement resulting in increased utilisation of emergency resources including open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs).
The performance of the utility's generation system was below desired levels thus raising the risk of load shedding for the remainder of 2018.