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Eskom has powered up loadshedding, amping up Stage 2 to Stage 4 from midnight, 27 October 2021.
The power utility claims in a statement that this is due to a further shortage of generation capacity. As a result, Stage 4 loadshedding will be in effect until 5 am on Friday, 29 October 2021.
Stage 2 loadshedding will then be implemented until 5 am on Saturday, 30 October 2021. In other words, Eskom will be messing the country around the entire week.
Nevertheless, “Over the past 24 hours, a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Matla power stations tripped while a unit each at Lethabo and Arnot power stations were forced to shut down.
This constrained the power system further requiring extensive use of emergency reserves and therefore, hampering the recovery of these reserves,” says Eskom.
Some generating units have returned to service, and Eskom expects two more to do so later in the day. Furthermore, Koeberg Unit 1 is scheduled to return to service today, 27 October 2021, and will begin ramping up to total output within 48 hours.
Total breakdowns currently stand at 14 957 MW, with 5 301 MW of capacity of planned maintenance.
Eskom adds, “We remind customers that loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of loadshedding.
The implementation of Stage 4 loadshedding is therefore, no cause for alarm as the power system remains to be effectively controlled.”
Dare we ask, what are your thoughts on this?