Eskom Load Shedding Continues as Major Incident in Zambia Strains Southern African Power Pool

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  • Stage 2 load shedding will continue throughout next week from 5am on Monday 8 November until 5am on Saturday 13 November, Eskom said in a statement on Sunday. 
  • Eskom warns that it could not rule out higher stages of load shedding should the situation worsen.
  • A “major incident” in Zambia on Saturday had affected the entire Southern African Power Pool.
  • Imported power from Cahora Bassa has also been reduced by 1 000 MW said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

“Regretfully, due to the ongoing insufficient generation capacity and the inability to replenish emergency reserves over this weekend, Stage 2 load shedding will continue throughout next week from 05:00 on Monday 8 November until 05:00 on Saturday 13 November,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

On Saturday 6 November there was a major incident in Zambia affected the entire Southern African Power Pool.  During this incident the imported power from Cahora Bassa reduced by 1 000MW while a Tutuka generator also tripped. Furthermore, a unit at Tutuka power station was forced to shut down while there were further delays in returning a unit each at Lethabo and Majuba power stations – Eskom announced in a press release.

Zambia’s entire national grid went down triggering a nationwide power blackout on Saturday after an unidentified problem occurred.

“We have lost power countrywide resulting from a fault, which is yet to be determined. The company is restarting the main sources of electricity to create stability on the system,” state-owned Zesco spokesman John Kunda said.

This is the second major outage reported in Zambia recently. Last month an incident at the Kariba North Bank hydropower station triggered a major power outage.

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