South Africans may need to brace themselves for another round of loadshedding as Eskom has recently announced that five units have failed throughout the day, losing over 16000MW of power.
While no loadshedding has currently been implemented, citizens may need to keep their candles and gas stoves handy as the power utility has warned that loadshedding could be implemented at short notice. To avoid this, they are urging the public to drastically reduce their electricity usage as the power system is severely constrained.
According to Eskom, five generation units at various power stations, three in the lst two hours, have failed.
“Should there be any further loss of generation capacity, load shedding would be required to be implemented at very short notice.
“A generating unit each at Kusile and Majuba power stations were taken offline to repair boiler tube leaks, while a generating unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Matimba power stations tripped.
“The return to service of a generating unit each at Kendal and Tutuka were delayed,” the struggling power utility stated.
The total breakdowns have increased to 16822MW while planned maintenance is currently sitting at 4888MW capacity as they continue with the reliability maintenance.
Eskom concluded their statement by indicating that they would “communicate promptly” should there be any significant changes to the power system.