Loadshedding suspended, but further power outages are a possibility

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Eskom states loadshedding is officially suspended as of this morning, 14 October 2021. However, there is still a risk of further power outages.

The power utility explains it has used the past few days to conduct some repairs to generating units. As well as continuing with the maintenance programme.

The State-Owned Enterprise states, “Even though we were able to replenish emergency generation reserves, we have had to continue relying on these to support power system over this period.”

While Eskom is currently able to suspend loadshedding, there are still significant risks to some generating units. This can force Eskom to implement loadshedding at short notice, should they lose any additional generation capacity. 

“The teams are doing everything possible to manage the risks.”

Eskom urges the public to continue using electricity sparingly. This is to minimise the possibility of further loadshedding.

Eskom teams have returned some generation units to service since Friday, 8 October 2021, thereby helping reduce pressure on the system. Despite this, the power utility says it suffered further breakdowns during the period.

“Although we have recovered some emergency generation reserve capacity to support the system, the recovery in generation capacity has not been sufficient to alleviate the system constraints.”

In addition to the Eskom planned maintenance programme, Hydro Cahora Bassa also started its planned annual maintenance outage on 9 October 2021. This saw a 650MW reduction in available capacity.

Hydro Cahora Bassa is expected to be at total capacity by Friday morning, 15 October 2021.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 14 868MW, while planned maintenance is 5 277MW of capacity.

Over the next few days, Eskom says some generation units will be returning to service. This will further ease the pressure on the system. Returning units are expected at Kriel, Majuba, Hendrina, Lethabo and Tutuka power stations.

The power utility says it will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.

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