Eskom warn of more blackouts as load shedding continues on Wednesday

Bad news, folks. Eskom have said on Tuesday 1 September that they are well and truly under pressure to provide the country with electricity this week, and announced that Stage 2 load shedding will continue on Wednesday 2 September as they battle to keep several power stations online. 

Worse still, they said that the problems they are dealing with are so severe that there is every likelihood that they may need to escalate their load shedding programme from Stage 2 to more restrictive levels at the drop of a hat in order to ensure that the grid's integrity is maintained. 

Load shedding continues on Wednesday 2 September

In a statement released on Tuesday 1 September, Eskom said that they are battling a plethora of technical difficulties. 

"Due to the continuing severe generation supply constraints as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, Eskom will continue to implement Stage 2 load shedding from 8:00 until 22:00 tomorrow," they said. 

You have to give it to the embattled power supplier – they aren't afraid to call a spade a bloody shovel. They again said that their infrastructure is badly maintained and feeling the aches and pains of old age. 

"Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the past two days," they said. "With the unreliable and aged generation infrastructure, together with a number of risks on running units, there is a high probability that additional stages of load shedding may be implemented at short notice."

Unit breakdowns 'pylon' the pressure at Eskom

Eskom said that infrastructure breakdowns at a host of their primary power supplying stations is to blame for the latest frustrating implementation of load shedding. 

"A generator each broke down at Arnot, Medusa, Lethabo, and Matla power stations, while two units each a Majuba, Camden and Tutuka power station also broke down," they said. 

"This, together with the need to conserve emergency generation reserves, necessitated that load shedding be implemented in order to protect the integrity of the system."

They said that unplanned breakdowns amount to 11 425 MW of capacity, adding to the 4 983 MW currently out on planned maintenance. 

"We urge the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of load shedding," they said.  

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