Monday, 09 December 2019

Johannesburg: Incessant rains which hit the country last week are impacting coal handling and operations, could lead to load shedding for the rest of the week, Eskom said on Monday.

“We are beginning to experience flooding at some power stations, which is impacting coal handling and operations which could further lead to capacity load losses and impact supply as the rainy weather persists,” said the power utility.

This as Eskom on Monday implemented Stage 2 load shedding which is expected to continue until 11pm.

The power utility said should there be a further deterioration of plant performance, it may be necessary to implement further stages of load shedding.

“While not expected or planned, further deterioration of plant performance or emergence of other risks may necessitate invoking further stages of load shedding. With unplanned breakdowns at 12 465MW as at 06:00 today, we continue to utilise diesel and water at our open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) and pumped storage schemes respectively, in order to supplement capacity.”

It added that there is a high probability of load shedding until the end of the week while also reminding customers that load shedding is a responsible act to prevent a national blackout.

Loadshedding moves to Stage 4.

Following the loss of additional generation units, Eskom has bumped up load shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 4.

“Eskom has lost additional generation units this morning, increasing unplanned breakdowns (UCLF) to 14 200MW as at 09:25. Along with a higher demand of about 600MW, necessitates load shedding to move up from Stage 2 to Stage 4,” said the power utility on Monday.

Stage 4 load shedding which was implemented from 10am is expected to continue until 11pm tonight.

In addition, the power utility is experiencing flooding at some of its power stations due to the incessant rains. The power utility reminded customers that load shedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled.

During Stage 4 load shedding, 4000MW is rotationally load shed nationally at a given period. Even during this stage, approximately 80% of the country’s demand is still being met.

Eskom customers can check their load shedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.