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Eskom warns of Stage 2 load shedding

Feb 20 2015 18:15


Cape Town - Eskom has warned users that it would implement Stage 2 load shedding this weekend.

“There is a need to conduct urgent maintenance on generating units at some of our power stations,” Eskom said in a power alert.

Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 08:00 on Saturday 21 February, and it is likely to continue until 22:00 in the evening.

"Stage 1 Load shedding will be implemented on Sunday 22 February, but if any additional capacity is lost, Eskom may need to reconsider the stage of load shedding."

Eskom has acknowledged the impact its latest round of load shedding will have on the retail industry.

"We would like to assure all our customers that load shedding is done as a last resort and when it is absolutely necessary in order to protect the power system," the power alert said.

"Tomorrow we will provide further information on when load shedding will start on Sunday, and how long it is expected to last."

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In a follow-up tweet it said any unexpected changes on the already constrained power system could result in load shedding. Please continue to use electricity sparingly.

In Johannesburg no blackouts were scheduled for Friday, Eskom said.

"We're not doing any load shedding," said its media desk.

"The situation is still the same; constrained but stable."

The utility warned that any unexpected incidents or faults could trigger the need to implement power cuts.

In its latest systems status bulletin the utility said the contingency measures that have been in place at the Majuba power station have resulted in the improved performance of the plant, with five of the six units currently producing a total of 3 000MW into the power grid.

The sixth generating unit is currently offline for maintenance.

A report on the cause of the silo collapse at Majuba power station last November is expected to be finalised by the end of next month, with the rebuilding of the silo set to start soon thereafter, Eskom said. "It is expected to take about 24 months to complete."

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Maintenance report

On maintenance it said its plant maintenance plan is under way at all power stations, including the open cycle gas turbines. Maintenance includes amongst others, the replacement of parts, servicing of equipment and inspection of facilities at all stations.

We therefore expect the power grid to remain constrained for the rest of this summer as we perform the requisite maintenance.

Eskom has reiterated calls for South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly by “living lightly” this summer.

READ: 'Live lightly', asks Eskom

"Less is more this summer and homeowners and businesses can do so with just four steps: firstly, switching off geysers and pool pumps, secondly, switching off non-essential lights, thirdly, efficient use of air-conditioners by keeping the room temperature at 23°C and finally, responding to the alerts on TV each evening," said Eskom.

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