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Eskom warns of energy grid collapse

Eskom has warned that there is a risk of a total blackout if consumers do not use electricity sparingly.

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The utility says it’s doing its best to prevent the national grid from collapsing. Eskom earlier announced the introduction of stage three load shedding – the worst since the 2008 energy crisis.

Three coal powered units have tripped while Eskom is battling to supply diesel to reserve turbines.

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Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says, “Even in 2008 as dire as that situation was, that was not a complete blackout and if we don’t manage the situation as we are doing, there is a risk of a blackout.

It will take possibly takes weeks to re-start the grid.”

Eskom has been scrambling to build new power stations to ease razor-thin supply margins, but has been beset by a four-year delay.

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