30 days of no load shedding - but can Eskom extend this record

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

On Tuesday morning, Eskom celebrated having not implemented load shedding for the past 30 consecutive days, adding that the probability for blackouts today remains low.

Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe on Friday said that the power utility not implementing load shedding - even as the grid lost 900 MW when Koeberg unit 2 went offline for maintenance, was a sign of Eskom's improving stability.

Still one would note that when Koeberg unit 2 went offline, Medupi unit 6 had just come online, adding 800 MW to the national grid - in a way counter balancing the 900 MW lost at Koeberg. 

Perhaps why Molefe did not rule out the possibility of load shedding in the coming days

Speaking at the same media briefing, Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, reportedly said that South Africa was not out of the woods yet.

However, Molefe said that as more new units come online, Eskom will be able to do more maintenance without resorting to load shedding.

In 2016, Eskom is expected to synchronise Ingula unit 3 in February 2016 while the Kusile power station (800 MW) is expected to come online from August 2017.