Eskom has warned the public to reduce the usage of electricity, saying the power system is under severe pressure, and this may lead to a high probability of load shedding.
“A shortage of generation capacity, caused by breakdowns in generation units and delays in others returning to service, has resulted in supply constraints,” the power utility said in a statement.
Eskom said while no load shedding was expected at this point, the utility could be forced to implement stage one or two at short notice between 17:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday evening should any further breakdowns occur.
Eskom requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity as the power system is under severe pressure, with a high probability of loadshedding pic.twitter.com/ibyF0hELLB
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) May 25, 2021
“Your assistance in these difficult times has always made a difference. Eskom would like to appeal to the public to help the country get through these constraints by reducing the usage of electricity,” the utility said.
It said, however, that the current outlook for the remainder of the week was expected to improve, as Eskom teams were working tirelessly to return more generators to service.
The statement said breakdowns were currently totalling 14 857MW of capacity, while another 2 20MW was unavailable due to planned maintenance.
“Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system.”
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