Eskom suspends loadshedding as its generation capacity recovers

Eskom suspends loadshedding as its generation capacity recovers

- Eskom has announced that load-shedding has been suspended as from Monday evening

- The embattled power utility had implemented outages due to a number of unplanned breakdowns

- Now, the state-owned entity has announced that the outages will be suspended due to an improvement in generation

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Eskom has announced that load-shedding will be suspended from Monday evening after an improvement in its struggles to power the nation.

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Eskom has announced that load-shedding has been suspended. Image: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg
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In a statement released on Monday evening, Eskom confirmed that generation capacity had improved following the return of some generation units:

"Eskom is pleased to inform the public that load-shedding will be suspended from 23:00 tonight as the generation capacity has improved following the return of some generators to service."

This had been after a number of breakdowns and unexpected delays had been experienced, prompting the outages:

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"Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have successfully returned two generation units each at Kusile, Kriel and one at Tutuka Power Stations to service. Another two generation units are expected to return to service tomorrow while emergency generation reserves have also adequately recovered."

The power utility thanked the nation for its patience during the outages but cautioned against reckless use of electricity:

"Eskom would like to thank the people of South Africa for their patience and understanding during the load-shedding. While the supply situation has improved at this point, Eskom would like to request the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system is vulnerable and unpredictable. As Eskom has regularly stated, the risk of load-shedding remains elevated while we conduct increased reliability maintenance."

The state-owned entity warned that, despite the suspension of load-shedding, the system remains under a great deal of strain:

"We currently have 4 920MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 897MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns and outage delays. Eskom teams are hard at work returning as much of this capacity to service as soon as possible."
Eskom predicts high chance of loadshedding is here to stay for months

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that loadshedding has returned and it is not going anywhere anytime soon as the power utility revealed that there is a high chance that loadshedding will haunt South Africa for months to come.

South Africa was plunged into stage 2 loadshedding in January as the power utility battled to maintain a stable output as industries started up again after the Christmas holidays.

Chris Yelland, an energy analyst, revealed Eskom's power predictions which show a high chance of loadshedding.

"The @Eskom_SA three-month forecast on its website shows that the risk of loadshedding is code RED for every week for next 3 months."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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