Power system tight, no blackouts planned this week: Eskom

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - NOVEMBER 24, 2014

On Monday morning, Eskom on its website said that the power grid was under strain and urged consumers to switch off non-essential appliances.

"Probability for load shedding is low during the day on Monday with a possible increased risk during the evening peak, 5pm to 10pm," it said on its Facebbook page.

Power emergency

Eskom on Sunday confirmed a power "emergency" and appealed to its large industrial customers to cut their consumption by up to 10% to ease pressure on the strained national grid.

The power emergency follows two days of rolling blackouts to many parts of the Nelson Mandela Bay - and the rest of South Africa, which resulted from the tripping of 1 700MW power-generators at the Majuba and Matimba power stations according to Eskom.

"Eskom has declared a power emergency with large industrial customers, requiring them to urgently reduce their electricity usage by 10% from 15:00 to 20:00 today [Sunday]," Eskom’s statement said.

"The declaration of a power emergency follows in addition to the implementation of stage two of load shedding earlier today [Sunday]."

The statement said that Eskom is following the protocol in terms of its emergency procedures in order to secure the power system.

Due to loss of additional generating capacity, Eskom implemented a stage two load shedding at noon on Sunday which continued until 22:00 on Sunday evening.

This week

"The risk of load shedding for tomorrow [Monday] and Tuesday is medium to low. This is owing to steady progress made in building reserves to limit the risk of load shedding next week," the power utility said.

"Eskom calls on all electricity users to urgently switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances in order to allow the power system to recover.”

On Sunday, Sapa reported that Eskom was concerned about its diesel reserves which could affect electricity supply.

Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger also said that the system was expected to be tight in the early part of the week but no rolling blackouts were scheduled.

on Monday morning, Eskom on its website said that the power grid was under strain and urged consumers to switch off non-essential appliances.

"Probability for load shedding is low during the day on Monday with a possible increased risk during the evening peak, 5pm to 10pm," it said on its Facebbook page.