The short reprieve from loadshedding has ended. On Thursday morning, Eskom issued an alert that it would be implementing Stage 2 from 12…

The Stage 2 loadshedding would continue throughout Friday and into the weekend, ending at 23:00 on Sunday.

“The loadshedding is necessary due to loss of generation capacity overnight,” said the power utility.

“Loadshedding is also required to manage the use of the emergency reserves, which will help us contain the stage of loadshedding required. The system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, should any further breakdowns occur, the stage of loadshedding may change at short notice.”

Kusile Power Station under strain

According to Eskom, two generation units at the Kusile Power Station tripped due to the failure of the main coal feed conveyor belts supplying coal to the units.

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“In addition, a unit each at the Kriel and Duvha tripped due to unforeseen breakdowns. We presently have four generation units whose return to service from planned maintenance has been delayed.”

“We currently have 5 358MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 748MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns and the outage delays mentioned above. Eskom personnel are working tirelessly to return as much of this capacity to service as soon as possible.”

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