Eskom has warned that there is a possibility of loadshedding on Thursday evening.
In a statement, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the power utility will communicate changes as they happen to the public and asked that consumers reduce usage as much as possible.
Mantshantsha also said the delay of some generation units being brought back online and breakdowns in other units have caused the system to be severely constrained.
One generation unit at the Tutuka power station tripped, while another one was taken off the grid. The return to service of a generation unit each at Duvha and Kendal power stations has been delayed.
Savanna News publishes the full statement below:
Possibility of loadshedding during evening peak is high, Eskom urges the public to reduce electricity usage.
Thursday, 09 July 2020: While Eskom is working hard to return generating units to service. the possibility of loadshedding during the peak demand hours is high. We request the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is severely constrained.
One generation unit at the Tutuka power station tripped, while another one was taken off the grid, as well as a unit at Lethabo. The return to service of a generation unit each at Duvha and Kendal power stations have been delayed. All of these have add significant pressure to the generation system.
Any additional breakdown will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 — 21:00. This constrains supply situation may persist through the weekend.
We urge the public’s co-operation in managing demand in order to help us avoid loadsh.ding and supply the country’s demand through the peak periods.
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