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Eskom warns of high probability of load-shedding for the rest of this week

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Eskom warns of high probability of load-shedding for the rest of this week

Eskom warns of high probability of load-shedding for the rest of this week
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31st May 2021

By: Creamer Media Reporter

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Power utility Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 on Monday afternoon until 05:00 on Tuesday morning.

It has also warned that there is a possibility that load-shedding would continue throughout the week.

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The utility noted that it has had to resort to load-shedding as a result of the cold front setting in earlier than expected, as well as high breakdowns of generation units.

Breakdowns total 14 560 MW of capacity, while another 2 300 MW is unavailable as a result of planned maintenance, it said on Monday afternoon.

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"Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which will help ease the strain.

"This, however, is not sufficient to eliminate the high probability of load-shedding for the rest of the week," it added.

Eskom stated that generation supply constraints would persist throughout the high winter demand period, which increases the likelihood of load-shedding.

 

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