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BREAKING: Eskom EXTENDS load shedding due to ‘further unit failures’

Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented continuously until Friday morning, 15 April 2022 at 05:00.

Load shedding had initially been set to for Wednesday from 17h00 until the next morning at 05:00, with the same 12-hour cycle to follow on Thursday evening.

Eskom re-introduced stage 2 load shedding on Monday evening due to supply constraints.

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EXTENDING STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING ‘NECESSARY’

But now the embattled utility says the situation has gotten somewhat worse. According to Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha, some of their generating units have not returned to service, forcing them to continue with Stage 2 load shedding throughout.

“It has regrettably become necessary to further extend the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding continuously from 05:00 this morning through to Friday at 05:00. The extension of loadshedding is caused by the failure of additional units and the continued shortage of generation capacity due to delays in returning to service three generating units at Camden Power Station and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station”

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Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Mantshantsha says generation units also failed overnight at the Medupi, Matla, Kendal and Komati power stations failed. But three generation units were returned to service at Matla, Grootvlei and Camden power stations.

In addition, 240MW of power imports from Mozambique was interrupted, which exacerbated the supply constraints.

“We currently have 5 379MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 827MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns. The extension of the loadshedding is required to preserve the remaining emergency generation reserves in an attempt to limit the stage of loadshedding. Eskom would like to inform the public that any further deterioration in generation capacity may require further loadshedding”

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

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