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Eskom To Embark On Stage 2 Load Shedding From Sunday Until Wednesday

Despite earlier announcing that South Africans will enjoy a non-stop power supply during Easter long weekend, has declared it is executing its stage 2 of load shedding from today’s afternoon Sunday. The rollout will begin at 16:00hr. The authority also announced that the load shedding would end at 05:00hr on Wednesday morning.

The power authority representative Sikonathi Mantshantsha has linked the new decision to issues at some of its power locations and has informed South Africans that the load shedding is always the best alternative they have to save the power grid.

The loss of four additional generation units at Matla, Tutuka, Duvha and Arnot power stations over the past 24 hours, exacerbated by the delay in units returning to service at Camden, Matla, Grootvlei and Tutuka power stations, has unfortunately necessitated the implementation of loadshedding. The power system continues to be fragile and is forced to implement loadshedding to manage and replenish emergency generation reserves, on which it has been relying to supply electricity this week.

started the load shedding again last week following capability limitations at some of its power stations. But there have been some advancements that included generating units at Camden, Komati and Arnot power stations returning to full potential since Friday.

It is uncertain whether the load shedding will last longer than the initial Wednesday as the utility warns that unforeseen incidents can occur.

We currently have 5 474MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 018MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns.
The power system remains unpredictable, and would like to inform the public that any further deterioration in generation capacity may require higher stages of loadshedding. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly, as we strive to return units to service. We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation

Read the full statement below:

POWER ALERT 1

Loadshedding will regretfully be implemented from 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Wednesday, 20 April, due to additional generation unit losses and delayed return to service of generators

Sunday, 17 April 2022: would like to apologise for the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding from 16:00 this afternoon. Loadshedding will, regretfully, continue until 05:00 on Wednesday, 20 April, depending on the level of breakdowns. Loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.

The loss of four additional generation units at Matla, Tutuka, Duvha and Arnot power stations over the past 24 hours, exacerbated by the delay in units returning to service at Camden, Matla, Grootvlei and Tutuka power stations, has unfortunately necessitated the implementation of loadshedding. The power system continues to be fragile and is forced to implement loadshedding to manage and replenish emergency generation reserves, on which it has been relying to supply electricity this week.

Since Friday afternoon, a generation unit each at Camden, Komati and Arnot power stations returned to service.

We currently have 5 474MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 018MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns.

The power system remains unpredictable, and Eskom would like to inform the public that any further deterioration in generation capacity may require higher stages of loadshedding. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly, as we strive to return units to service.

We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation. ENDS

Issued by: Eskom Media Desk

Tel:+27 11 800 3304/3343/3378

Fax:086 664 7699

Email: mediadesk@eskom.co.za

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