Stage 6 load shedding not off the table as national lockdown eases

Stage 6 load shedding not off the table as national lockdown eases

- As South Africa eases the lockdown and industry starts resuming operations the pressure on Eskom is increasing

- This increase the possibility of load shedding and stage 6 is still an option

- As South Africa reaches its peak in Covid-19 cases the pressure on the energy grid is expected to increase

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As winter grips South Africa, experts are warning that Eskom's power generation is under increased pressure. This increases the possibility of load shedding.

“There was a temporary reprieve during the hard lockdown. However, the system status has returned to normal,” said energy expert Lungile Mashele.
“Current electricity demand is back to where it was prior to the lockdown, and will increase as we see one of the coldest winters in the last decade."
“During the hard 21-day lockdown, Eskom experienced a decline in demand in excess of 5000MW from a peak demand of 30000MW just before the lockdown. But, because of the limited notice, and the closure of borders, Eskom was unable to take full advantage of this period to carry out routine maintenance.”

Eskom had shut down some of its operations during the lockdown to reduce costs, these would need to be brought back online as the industry begins to pick up as the lockdown eases according to IOL.

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As South Africa approaches its peak in Covid-19 infections demand for electricity is expected to rise.

Briefly.co.za learned that this means that stage 6 is still a possibility. Eskom's Sikonathi Mantshantsha said that in some area with a high density of illegal connections electricity had to be shut off.

“We have been battling, particularly in the residential areas of Gauteng. The high-density areas where you have a lot of illegal connections and overloading."
"When the infrastructure gets overloaded, we get a lot of transformers exploding due to the overload. There will be people inconvenienced and they should not be."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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