Load shedding is back: Eskom

Eskom has announced to implement Stage 2 load shedding starting at 12:00 as breakdowns increase Friday, 10 July 2020.

The power utility says this is due to the increase in generation unit breakdowns.

“Eskom regrets to inform the country that it will implement Stage 2 load shedding starting at 12:00. This will continue until 22: 00. This load shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns exceeding 3 000MW of capacity. Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantantsa, on Friday.

Meanwhile, Eskom explained that five generation units were taken off the grid last night and this morning, a breakdown at the Matimba power station has today resulted in the need for load shedding.

Mantsantsa explained that two units at the Arnot power station, as well as a unit each at Kendal, Tutuka, and Majuba were also taken off the grid last night and this morning.

These removed more than 3 000MW of capacity from the system. The delayed return to service of a generation unit at the Duvha power station has also added significant pressure to the generation system.

“We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimize load shedding,” he concluded.