Phase 3 reset

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Due to a shortage of available generation capacity, Eskom was forced to re-introduce phase 3 load shedding from 16:00 until Tuesday at 05:00.

The power supplier says there are “several factors” that have contributed to this shortage.

Over the past 24 hours, five generating units have been taken off line for repairs. In addition, there were delays in bringing back into service two generating units that had been taken off line for planned maintenance.

“There was an opportunity to carry out preventive maintenance, and this is now being carried out on these units,” says Eskom.

The power supplier says that after phase 3 is finished at 05:00 on Tuesday, load shedding will be scaled down to phase 2. By 16:00, however, phase 3 will be back in effect.

The load shedding schedule will follow this pattern until further notice. Phase 2 load shedding was originally scheduled to last until Wednesday.

Eskom undertook to announce any further changes to the schedule as soon as possible.

A total of 16,473 MW in generation units are unavailable due to breakdowns, while 7,521 MW have been given over to planned maintenance.

Eskom says its teams will work tirelessly this week to ensure that 1,600 MW of generation capacity is put back into service by Wednesday, as planned.