Eskom warns of loadshedding as “the power system is constrained”

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Newcastillians beware, Eskom is cautioning the public that due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, the power system is significantly constrained.

According to the power utility, there are a number of generating units expected to return to service during the day on Monday, but the likelihood of loadshedding is high and may be required at short notice. If loadshedding does take place, Eskom said it will most likely take place during the evening peaks between 5pm and 10pm.

“Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary. We appeal to all South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.”

Currently, Eskom has 5 232MW of planned maintenance, while another 14 623MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Therefore, Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks. “We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We, therefore, urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings,” stated the power utility.

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