In a statement, Eskom says 15 921 MW of power generation was lost on Saturday morning due to faults.
Phase 6 load shedding had to be put on short notice on December 9 when Eskom’s lack of generating capacity exceeded 17,000 MW.
Saturday’s nearly 16,000 MW, which represents more than a third of Eskom’s total generating capacity, is dangerously close to that notch.
Still, load shedding is not expected on Saturday.
Eskom does say that they are “concerned” about a large amount of capacity lost overnight.
On Friday morning, just over 14,000 MW of power was lost, but in the past 24 hours, it has increased by almost 2,000 MW.
Eskom did not give reasons for the additional loss of generating capacity on Saturday, except to say its generators are still “unreliable” and “under pressure”.
Eskom hopes to get back to its nuclear power station at Koeberg near Cape Town before Monday, after delivering just 50% of its normal power for the past month.
This was because Unit 1 had to be reloaded at Koeberg.
If Eskom manages to reconnect Unit 1 to the power grid before Monday, it will “reduce” the chance of load shedding in the coming week, Eskom says.
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Date: 04 January 2020
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