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Eskom does not expect to implement load shedding on Monday or this week

Oct 21, 2019
Eskom does not expect to implement load shedding on Monday or this week

Port Elizabeth - Eskom, after not implementing load shedding on Sunday, announced that it also does not expect to implement load shedding on Monday and for the rest of this week.


Eskom said that additional generating units were expected to return to service on Sunday and repairs are progressing well on the conveyor belt at Medupi power station.

"In addition, Eskom has had an opportunity to replenish diesel reserves for the open cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at its pumped storage schemes in preparation for the week ahead. These reserves enable us to avoid and/or minimise the extent of loadshedding," the power utility said.

"Eskom will be in a better position to provide a prognosis for Monday and the coming week, after reviewing the performance of the electricity system on Sunday evening.

"The power system is constrained and while we are making every effort to avoid loadshedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a significant shift in plant performance and increased unplanned technical breakdowns."

Eskom said that it will continue to keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and its recovery efforts.

"As we are experiencing a heat wave in some parts of the country, we ask that you use your air conditioners efficiently at 23ºC," it added.

"Eskom would like to thank customers for their support in reducing demand by using electricity sparingly and industrial customers for their participation in load curtailment, when necessary.

"In addition we extend our gratitude to Eskom employees for their hard work and dedication over this difficult period and for sacrificing valuable time with their families."

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