Again expect evening load shedding: Eskom

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

After Eskom implemented Stage 1 load shedding on Monday evening, the power utility warned that there was a chance of load shedding on Tuesday evening as well.

"Once again, there is a low load shedding probability for this morning and medium for this evening," Eskom said.

This past Sunday, the power utility said that the power system will be constrained this week because of maintenance work at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme.

Eskom had gone for 35 days of no load shedding by Monday morning. However, the planned maintanance placed load shedding, which is designed to prevent a collapse of the grid, back on the table.

"As a result [of the maintenance], South Africa will get 650 MW instead of the 1 500 MW that is normally imported from Cahora Bassa on a daily basis," Eskom said.

The maintenance is expected to be completed on Sunday, with the scheme expected to be back on full power the next day.

Eskom said that the grid will be constrained, particularly over the weekday evening peak periods from Tuesday to Friday.

"Eskom will utilise its emergency reserves to augment the capacity shortfall as a result of this planned outage."

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LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES

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