- Things are not looking too good for Christmas this as Eskom battles to keep the lights on
- Wet coal has been blamed for the shortfall in power generation
- Stage 2 load shedding is expected to continue throughout the week
It looks like Christmas might be cancelled if Eskom keeps turning off the lights. The energy producer has confirmed stage 2 load shedding for Saturday as it battles to generate enough electricity for South Africa.
Briefly.co.za the embattled power utility is under pressure as it struggles with financial issues and administration. The rolling blackouts are expected to continue until 23h00.
The rationale behind the blackouts is to give the pumped storage schemes an opportunity to replenish its supplies.
“We continue to ask customers to reduce demand as a concerted collective effort can help avoid or lessen the level of load-shedding. As we are experiencing rainy and cooler weather conditions in some parts of the country, we ask that you use efficient heating to keep warm and switch off geysers over peak periods”, it said in a statement.
The use of diesel turbines has increased as due to wet coal which has resulted in a number of coal-fired power stations unable to generate electricity according to thesouthafrican.com.
“…we continue to experience coal-handling problems at a number of our power stations as a result of wet coal, which has led to generation units being unable to produce power”, Eskom said in the wake of the unexpected power outages.
If the situation does not change than load shedding is expected to continue through the weekend in an attempt to prevent a national blackout.
Briefly.co.za recently covered the appointment of Eskom's new CEO, Andre de Ruyter who is now tasked with keeping the lights on at the power utility and South Africa as a whole. 27 other black executives had been asked by Eskom to apply but all had refused.