Eskom keeps SA in dark

getimage (2)An emergency meeting, a move from stage one to two loadshedding and an estimated one-third of production out of service has raised concerns about Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on this week.

Yesterday at 11am, Eskom initiated stage one of loadshedding, forcing all municipalities in the country to send out alerts as the grid was under serious pressure.

The reasons given by Eskom were technical problems at some of the power stations.

But at 3pm, load-shedding moved from stage one to stage two and municipalities were asked to shed more power. This continued until 10pm.

“About one third of Eskom’s entire generation fleet is out of service today. No wonder loadshedding is on the cards for the rest of the week,” energy expert Chris Yelland warned on Twitter. He said Eskom’s unplanned generation breakdowns reached a new high of 10 515MW yesterday, while planned maintenance was lower than normal at 3 429MW.

The country would experience load-shedding every working day this week, he said.

– Penwell Dlamini

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