Eskom warns of load shedding due to reliability issues at power plants

Eskom warns of load shedding due to reliability issues at power plants

- Load shedding might be implemented as Eskom battles with reliability issues

- The power generation system is vulnerable

- The power utility has urged people to reduce their electricity consumtion

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Unscheduled maintenance at some of their power plants has forced Eskom to issue a warning that load shedding might be implemented but stressed that would only happen if absolutely necessary.

"With unplanned breakdowns at 9 550MW as at 08h00, the probability of load shedding remains, but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary," Eskom said in a statement.
"We continue to replenish diesel for our open cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at the pumped storage schemes over the weekend."

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Briefly.co.za learned that the power generation system is vulnerable and prone to reliability issues and as such is being monitored by the Emergency Response Command Centre.

"Eskom wishes to remind customers that any unexpected shift, such as additional unplanned breakdowns, could result in load shedding at short notice.'

Eskom has reminded customers to use electricity sparingly and to and reduce the demand on the system.

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Eskom recommends the following:

  • Set aircons to 23ºC
  • Turn off geysers during peak times
  • Use the cold water tap instead of the hot water tap
  • Run the swimming pool pump only twice a day for three-hour intervals
  • Turn off all electronics when not in use. Switch off at the plug and avoid sleep or standby modes

While Eskom battles to keep the lights on in the country and the company, municipal debt keeps climbing and is approaching the R30bn mark. What is concerning is that the growing debt is being fueled by new debtors according to fin24.com.

"It is not the same debtors who are owing more. The need for them to pay for services has been taken away because they continue to see their neighbours get services even when they don't pay," Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza said.

Briefly.co.za recently covered a story about Eskom writing off R3.6 billion in debt from Soweto but a massive R16.1 billion is still owed by its residents.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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