Eskom warned late Tuesday afternoon the risk of load shedding on Wednesday “increased”. No phase has been announced, and Eskom says it can “shed load” at short notice.
A total of 15 646 MW’s generating capacity is out of order. Of these, 10 686 MW are unplanned problems and 4 778 MW are scheduled maintenance.
Eskom regularly warns that any lack of generating capacity above 9,500 MW will increase the risk of load shedding, depending on the demand for power.
In its statement, Eskom again pleads that people use power sparingly to help shed load.
Sunday was the last time South Africa had a load.
The utility company also warns that load shedding will remain a reality for at least 18 months, while aging power plant units will be turned off for maintenance.
A comprehensive maintenance plan was recently announced by André de Ruyter, new CEO, after proper maintenance was neglected over the past decade.