Load shedding: What to expect from Eskom on Monday

There is a low probability of rotational load shedding during the day today as a result of power station units being returned to the system.

However, the probability of rotational load shedding increases for the evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm due to the normal expected increase in demand, Eskom said.

Should rotational load shedding be implemented today it would be for a period up to four hours. Eskom will advise if rotational load shedding will be conducted in either stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 or stage 4, dependent on the capacity shortage.

Stage one requires 1000MW to be rotationally loadshedded nationwide, stage 2 requires 2000 MW, stage 3, 3000 MW and stage 4 calls for up to 4000 MW.

While safety of employees remains our first priority, recovery teams at our power stations continue to work hard to stabilise the power system and to return our generation plant as quick as possible, Eskom said on Monday morning.

Eskom’s prognosis is that the power system will take up to 10 days to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, once all staff eventually return to work today (Monday).

The estimated ten-day prognosis for full restoration is due to the effects of the industrial action which interrupted continuous processes at the power plants. These processes have now to be cleared out and restarted which would take additional time.

These include:

• Coal management and transportation: the inability to transport coal from stock yards to coal bunkers due to the absence of operating staff. In addition, the already low coal stockpiles at some stations were exacerbated by road closures as coal delivery had to be suspended.

• Significant increase in plant outages and a bottleneck in routine maintenance due to the lack of resources to optimally operate the plant; such as ash clearing and mechanical failures that occurred during the period.

• In addition, Eskom is currently managing diesel levels at its peaking plants at 50% to ensure that sufficient diesel generation is available for emergencies.

• Increase in production and full stability can only increase and be achieved with the return of employees. Eskom will continue to re-assess the prognosis during the week.

Eskom encourages residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly to ease the demand. Switch off geysers during the day, especially during peak periods (7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm), as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances.

  AUTHOR
Tembisan

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top
Recommended Story x
Load shedding is back from 5pm on Saturday evening

Thanks for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

African Reporter
Benoni City Times
Boksburg Advertiser
Brakpan Herald
Germiston City News
Springs Advertiser
Tembisan


Get regular news updates sent directly to your inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
CLICK HERETo view an example of our newsletter

SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter

SELECT your titles:

African Reporter
Benoni City Times
Boksburg Advertiser
Brakpan Herald
Germiston City News
Springs Advertiser
Tembisan

Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

Subscribe Here
1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
Your details:


Your friends: