Under stage 4 load shedding, Eskom can cut up to 4,000 MW, or 10% of its nominal capacity, to prevent its power grid from collapsing.
“The prospect for the first time is that we will introduce stage 4 load shedding between 14:00 Friday afternoon and 06:00 Saturday morning.
“If anything changes, Eskom will inform its customers,” spokeswoman Nto Rikhotso said.
This comes after the company suddenly had to resume load on Thursday afternoon due to a lack of generating capacity. Stage 2 load shedding was initially set from 4pm Thursday afternoon until 11pm, but it continued until 5am Friday morning.
Early in the morning, Eskom indicated that it should resume load on Friday, but initially only in phase 2.
According to the utility company, its coal reserves are wet due to the continued rain in Mpumalanga, causing the coal to burn harder.
#POWERALERT 2— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 6, 2019
Date: 06 December 2019
Stage 2 rotational loadshedding moves up to Stage 4 from 14:00 today.
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