Eskom announced that Stage 4 load shedding, which was supposed to come to an end tomorrow morning, would continue throughout Thursday and Friday, 16 September, after further breakdowns.
STAGE 4 LOAD SHEDDING EXTENDED
“The extension of Stage 4 load shedding is required due to further breakdowns of a generation unit each at Kendal and Majuba this morning due to boiler tube leaks,” said the embattled power supplier.
Three generating units each went down at Kendal and Tutuka power stations over the past few days and there has been a delay in returning units to service at Camden Power Station, which is adding to Eskom’s woes.
Some units are expected to come online on Tuesday, however, Eskom said it is necessary to extend Stage 4 load shedding to replenish its emergency energy generation reserves, which have been depleted over the last week. There is a possibility of lower stages of load shedding from Saturday morning.
“In addition, Eskom will continue with its planned maintenance to address known risks at Arnot, Kriel, Matimba, Matla and Camden Power Stations.”
As things stand, 16 669MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and a further 5209MW is offline for planned maintenance.
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