Risk of loadshedding remains high

Stage two of rolling power cuts ended on Sunday, with the power system to be under “severe pressure” over the coming week, Eskom said.

Medupi is being built in the Limpopo province.
Medupi is being built in the Limpopo province.

“Eskom stopped stage 2 load shedding at 22:10 on 8 February 2015,” the parastatal said in a statement.

“The system will continue to be under severe pressure over the coming week, so the risk of load shedding remains high,” Eskom said.

“There is a shortage of generation capacity due to units that are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned maintenance.”

The focus was on returning the units that were on unplanned maintenance back on line in order to increase available capacity.

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“Koeberg power station’s Unit 1 will be shut down from today for a scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance outage. The unit is expected to return back to service at the end of May,” Eskom said.

The scheduled shut down of Koeberg Unit 1 is part of Eskom’s overall maintenance programme for its fleet of power stations.

Eskom has also extended the deadline for first synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 by a further six weeks from mid February to the end of March 2015.

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