Friday, 6 December 2019
Johannesburg: Eskom terminated Stage 2 loadshedding at 05:00 today, after having to loadshed from 16:00 on Thursday evening.
As the generating plant continues to perform at low levels of reliability, technical teams were unable to return units from planned or unplanned maintenance as scheduled.
With units not returning, Eskom was unable to replenish water reserves overnight for our pumped storage schemes.
As the electricity system continues to remain under severe pressure with unplanned breakdowns remaining above 12 500MW, Stage 2 loadshedding will regrettably be implemented from 09:00 until 06:00 tomorrow morning.
Eskom’s Emergency Response Command Centre (ERCC) continues to monitor the system, while the technical teams continue to work around the clock to return additional units to the grid.
With the incessant rain, Eskom is beginning to experiencing coal handling problems at a number of our power stations as a result of wet coal, which has contributed to additional load losses.
This could further impact supply as the rainy weather persists. While not expected or planned, further deterioration of plant performance or emergence of other risks may necessitate invoking further stages of load-shedding.
Eskom reminds customers that loadshedding is a controlled measure to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
Eskom implemented stage 2 loadshedding yesterday from 16:00 to 05:00 this morning to protect the power system from a total collapse as unplanned outages were above 9 500MW.
Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.