The eThekwini Municipality has announced that it will start implementing load shedding.
Following the torrential rains that destroyed electricity and water infrastructure amongst other things, residents in the eThekwini Municipality were said to be exempt from load shedding despite other areas still experiencing continued power outages.
ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY TO IMPLEMENT LOAD SHEDDING
In a joint statement, Eskom and eThekwini Municipality said they have met on several occasions since the devastating floods to try and manage the risk.
At these meetings the Municipality reportedly indicated that in an effort to prevent and mitigate any further risk and potential damages to infrastructure that it was unable to discharge load shedding according to the load shedding schedules at the Municipality.
“Studies indicate that in the aftermath of the disaster, the eThekwini Municipality lost 50% (between 700MW and 800MW) of electrical load on their electrical infrastructure. To date, a significant portion of this load has not been restored and will continue to be off the grid until extensive repairs are carried out.
“Importantly, there is agreement that the integrity of the electrical infrastructure was severely compromised that if parts of the infrastructure and loads were to trip either through a manual intervention (load shedding) or an electrical fault, it is possible and likely that the Municipality grid could be even more damaged, thus further lengthening the duration of the outage.”eThekwini Municipality and Eskom
Both Eskom and eThekwini Municipality said they are mindful that further electrical damage would severely compromise the Municipality’s current water rationing program. However the eThekwini Municipality is committed to implement load shedding in a safe and sustainable manner in consultation with Eskom when the National Grid is at risk.