Stage one loadshedding risk remains this winter: Eskom

Stage one loadshedding risk remains this winter: Eskom

Eskom says while it doesn't plan to implement load shedding this winter, the risk of stage one power cuts remains.

Eskom load shedding - AFP

The parastatal says it's been using the lockdown to perform maintenance and was able to achieve 30 000 MW available capacity yesterday without the use of the open-cycle gas turbines.

It says by the second week of April maintenance had gone up to 63% to 9800 MW, thanks to the opportunity presented by reduced demand as a result of the lockdown.

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Eskom CEO Andre de Ryter says the utility has also seen good progress in some of the elements of their turnaround strategy - including operational stability.

But he warns the risk of loadshedding remains over the next 18 months because the system is unreliable and unpredictable

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