Eskom pauses current round of loadshedding

Eskom pauses current round of loadshedding

Eskom says it does't expect to implement loadshedding for the rest of the week.

 

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It says four of the units that had been out for repairs after breaking down have been returned to service.


Eskom spokesperson, Sikhonathi Mantshantsha, says this has relieved some of the pressure on the system.


"These generation units returned more than 1 500 MW capacity to the system. This took total generation capacity returned since to 10 July to 3 500 MW. Available capacity has risen to over 34 000 MW, the highest so far this year. We have also been able to replenish our emergency reserves, which are crucial to protect the national grid from the possibility of multiple generation unit trips," he said.


The breakdown of a number of units at several power stations in Mpumalanga and Limpopo last week prompted the current round of loadshedding, which has swung back and forth between Stage 1 and 2.


This occurred during some of the coldest days of this winter season, pushing demand for electricity up as South Africans tried to keep warm.

 

 The return of some of the units has enabled  Eskom to suspend the rolling blackouts at 10pm.


The power utility has warned that its system remains unpredictable and unreliable.


It's urging consumers to continue reducing their usage where possible.


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