Just when we thought things were stabilising, Eskom is back to remind us that all is not well with South Africa’s electricity system. After a few weeks of no load shedding, rolling blackouts will again be implemented from Tuesday afternoon.
The state-owned power utility said it will implement stage-2 load shedding from 4pm until 10pm on Tuesday, and then daily from 5am to 10pm until Saturday, blaming the usual problem: a “shortage of generation capacity owing to breakdowns and delays in returning generating units to service”.
“The breakdown of a generation unit at Arnot, Duvha, Kendal, Medupi and Tutuka power stations, as well as the delays in returning to service a unit to service at Hendrina power station, have exacerbated the capacity constraints.
“On Saturday morning, 3 September, unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station tripped from full power during the routine testing of the control rod system. The process to return the unit to service is under way.” — (c) 2022 NewsCentral Media