For all those who thought that the Stage 2 loadshedding announced on Monday night might be a quick visitor, the situation has extended its stay until Friday.
The news of an extended Stage 2 loadshedding comes after the Medupi Power Station tripped on Monday evening.
The power utility service recently announced Stage 2’s plans for the week, and expressed that:
“Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented continuously from 05:00 on Wednesday to Friday at 05:00 due to further unit failures and continued delays to return units to service.”
Eskom elaborated in a statement, expressing that “it has regrettably become necessary to further extend the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding…”
On why the extension is happening, Eskom outlined that:
“The extension of loadshedding is caused by the failure of additional units and the continued shortage of generation capacity due to delays in returning to service three generating units at Camden Power station and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station.”
It adds that beyond the Medupi trip, Matla, Kendal and Komati power stations also failed “while 240MW of power imports from Mozambique was interrupted.”
Eskom says that they currently have 5379MW on planned maintenance, but another 14827MW of capacity is unavailable because of the breakdowns.