Stage 2 loadshedding extended, with chances of higher stages in the evening

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Eskom has announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue on Wednesday, 22 June 2022, from 10 am until midnight.

Additionally, the power utility stated that as of Thursday, 23 June 2022, loadshedding will be implemented from 5 am until midnight, until Sunday, 26 June 2022.

According to a statement issued by Eskom, the extended loadshedding is due to the breakdown of four generation units on Wednesday morning, which contributed to the capacity constraints already faced.

“A generation unit each at the Kendal and Matimba, as well as two units at the Matla Power Station broke down this morning. This reduced generation capacity by 2 400MW, adding to the ongoing capacity constraints. There has been a delay in returning to service a unit at Kusile Power Station, which is now expected to return to service tomorrow (23 June 2022),” the power utility said.

Eskom currently has 3630MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 277MW are unavailable due to breakdowns.

With loadshedding set to continue until 26 June 2022, Eskom further cautioned 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.

Eskom further noted that there is a likelihood that the Stage 2 loadshedding might need to be increased during the evening peaks.

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