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ESKOM WARNS OF LOAD SHEDDING AFTER GENERATION UNITS TRIP

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Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 – 21:00

The utility has managed to stave off scheduled power cuts for almost two weeks, but it says the situation has changed today because the system is severely constrained.

Eskom has warned it may implement load shedding after six generation units tripped on Monday.

The utility has managed to stave off scheduled power cuts for almost two weeks, but it says the situation has changed today because the system is severely constrained.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said technicians were working on returning other units back to service.

“We have lost generation units. Should there be any additional breakdowns, this will compromise our ability to supply electricity during the peak.”

 

“Today six generation units suffered trips, while the return to service of three others has been delayed,” Eskom said.

Units tripped at the Majuba, Tutuka, Hendrina and Duvha power stations, with delays experienced at the Matla, Kendal and Tutuka power stations.

“Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 – 21:00,” Eskom said.

The power utility, whose CEO Andre de Ruyter earlier this year expressed optimism that Eskom might be able to minimise load shedding over the winter, has increasingly been issuing warnings that its system is constrained despite the ongoing lockdown.