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Eskom blames weather, faults for lost MW

Jun 10 2015 17:48

Cape Town – Eskom has cited power loss from units across the country including cloudy weather conditions affecting solar power projects in the Northern Cape.

In a statement Eskom said some of the generating units that are currently offline due to technical faults include Unit 6 of the Duvha power station, which lost 300 MW and Cahora Bassa in Mozambique which also lost 300 MW due to technical faults.

The embattled supplier also blamed cloudy weather conditions which lead to a “further loss of 300 MW from the independent solar power projects in the Northern Cape”.

Demand increase

Eskom announced on Wednesday that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 16:00 to 22:00.

"This is due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of our units," it said.

Over the past three days, Eskom has had to implement load shedding mainly due to a sharp increase in electricity demand in the evenings.

On Monday, electricity demand reached a high of 35 274 MW from an average demand of 33 000 MW, according to Eskom.

Payment agreement

Meanwhile Eskom has notified the public that the power cuts planned for the Emalahleni Local Municipality for 11 June has been postponed.

“The municipality has entered into a 24-month payment agreement with Eskom and has paid the committed amount. Going forward, the municipality is expected to comply with the payment agreement conditions, which include payment of accounts in full and on time, and honouring the debt payment terms.

“Payments will be monitored continuously and Eskom reserves the right to implement morning and evening peak interruptions, on a 48 hours’ notice, if the municipality defaults on the payment agreement at any stage,” Eskom said in a statement.

In April Eskom threatened to pull the plug on the country’s top 20 defaulting municipalities who collectively owed the supplier R3.68bn.

READ: Municipalities hear Eskom's threat and pay up

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