Eskom: power grid relatively stable, risk of load shedding low

DECEMBER 22, 2014

Eskom on Monday said that all its power generators which were offline for maintenance have been reinstalled. The power utility said if the grid remains stable, consumers could expect a load shedding free Christmas.

According to Eskom Spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, the power generators will lighten the load, but he cautioned that the power grid is working on ageing infrastructure and that means the situation could change at any time.

“The power grid is relatively stable and as a result the risk of load shedding is low. Our prognosis is that this will continue for the rest of this week. What we’ve been saying all along is that we have a very old power grid, which is vulnerable.”

Eskom has called on customers to switch off all electrical appliances before they go on their Christmas holidays.

Last month Eskom’s Chief Executive Officer, Tshediso Matona, warned South Africans that load shedding could become a reality for the next few months in order to stabilise the power system.

Eskom has battled to keep the grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last month.

Government is hoping to provide a further 9,600 megawatts, equal to nearly a quarter of the current capacity, from new nuclear power plants.