Eskom releases load shedding update – not good news

Eskom has announced that the level 5 load shedding will continue until 05:00 on Saturday morning.

“Eskom will release a full statement on Friday afternoon for the remainder of the weekend and for next week,” the state-owned utility said in a brief statement.

This comes after it was said on Tuesday it could reduce load shedding by one step by Thursday.

Eskom has been struggling to bring rotational current interruptions below level 5 since Saturday.

Generator units in Eskom’s aging coal-firing fleet have failed almost as quickly as the utility can repair failed generators.

Eskom has implemented continuous load shedding since Tuesday 6 September, starting with Stage 2 and ramping up to Stage 6 over two weeks.

It announced level 6 power outages in the early hours of Sunday without warning when aggregates failed at the Kriel and Kusile power plants.

Eskom had warned that sudden increases in load shedding levels could be required on Saturday.

It took the country from level 4 to level 5 after five generators are triggered – one each in Kusile, Arnot and Camden and two units in Duvha.

This comes after three units crashed in Kriel, Majuba and Tutuka on Friday.

This was announced by the energy supplier on Sunday that it can no longer provide a load-shedding schedule for the coming days and will reduce load-shedding levels when it regains generation capacity.

Eskom launched a series of power procurement programs on Monday urgently need to add around 1,000 MW to the country’s power grid – corresponds to a level of load shedding.

President Cyril Ramaphosa canceled a visit to the United States, including attending the UN General Assembly, after Eskom announced Stage 6 load shedding.

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