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Load shedding could strike at any time this week, Eskom warns

Eskom has warned that the supply of electricity remains constrained, with a probability of load shedding all week.

In a statement, Eskom said load shedding will only be implemented “if absolutely necessary”.

“The system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable, with generating plant performing at very low levels of reliability,” the utility said.

“While unplanned breakdowns are marginally below 10 000MW … the probability of load shedding remains for tomorrow and the rest of the week…”

It said “good progress” was made over the weekend to replenish diesel for its open-cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at pumped storage schemes.

Generating plant performance “continues to be unpredictable (and) Eskom wishes to remind customers that any unexpected shift, such as additional unplanned breakdowns or the unavailability of diesel for the open-cycle gas turbines or (low) water levels at pumped storage schemes could result in load shedding at short notice”.

“On a positive note, Kusile 3 was synchronised for the first time at 12pm on Sunday, providing 300MW to the grid,” it added. “While synchronisation only provides intermittent power, this is a positive step toward achieving commercial operation and increasing capacity.”  — (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media

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