Eskom has warned that it might have to implement load shedding at short notice as the electricity system is under “severe pressure”.
This is due to breakdowns at generation units.
The power utility has cautioned the public to use electricity sparingly.
“The power system is under severe pressure due to a number of generation unit breakdowns which will necessitate and increase utilization of emergency generation reserves.”
“Total breakdowns amount to 14 925MW while planned maintenance is 4 759MW of capacity.”
“Should there be any further breakdowns, Eskom might be forced to implement load shedding at short notice,” Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.
Some of the generation units are expected to come online in the next couple of days.
Mantshantsha said the power utility would communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.
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