South Africa: Eskom Extends Load-Shedding Programme

  • South Africa’s state owned power utility, Eskom has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until 05:00 on Wednesday 17th March 2021.
  • Over the past two days, Eskom teams successfully returned a generation unit each at the Matimba and Medupi power station.
  • However, during the weekend Eskom suffered further breakdowns at five power stations, putting further strain on the generation capacity.

Additional breakdowns have occurred at the Tutuka, Majuba, Kusile, Matimba and Duvha, adding to previous breakdowns at the Kriel and Kendal power stations. Further to this Eskom had delays in units returning to service at Hendrina, Duvha and restoring full load on the Cahora Bassa line.

The utility currently have 6 545MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 915MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to an inability to supply the demand.

The possibility of further load-shedding remains elevated.

Author: GBA News Desk

Source: Eskom

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