Monday, 09 May 2022

Johannesburg: Eskom has issued a statement stating that Stage 2 loadshedding will regretfully be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00 this evening.

Eskom further stated that a generation unit each at Kriel, Grootvlei and Majuba power stations, tripped this afternoon. This added to the severe constraints caused by delays in returning generation units that were expected this afternoon.

“As previously communicated, the capacity constraints are expected to persist during the evening peaks for the remainder of the week,”

“At the same time, a unit each at Hendrina and Kendal power stations returned to service. This, however, is not enough to stave off the implementation of loadshedding during the evening peak tonight.” said the power utility.

Eskom said that the return to service of a generation unit each at Kusile, Matimba and Lethabo power stations, as well as two units each at Hendrina and three at Tutuka power stations have been delayed, increasing the evening peak constraints.

“The onset of winter has seen increased demand and this will lead to a constrained system, particularly during the morning and evening peaks, throughout the winter. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings,”

“We currently have 3 049MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 943MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. We remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.” read the Eskom statement.

In closing, Eskom said that it will promptly communicate should there be any significant changes to the power system.