- South Africa’s energy utility, Eskom, has announced the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding until 23:00 on Sunday night.
- The loadshedding has been exacerbated by the forced shutdown of five generating units at the Medupi Power Station as a result of the inability to get coal into the units due to the heavy rain in the Lephalale area last night.
The area experienced 65mm of rain, which added to the constraints caused by the heavy rains due to cyclone storm Eloise over the past two weeks.
Eskom has implemented contingency plans and deployed additional resources to deal with the heavy rainfalls in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo areas, and the teams are working hard to return as many of these units to service as soon as possible.
The energy utility currently has 4 114MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 739MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal