Embattled state-owned entity Eskom says it doesn’t expect any load shedding for Monday.
Last week the utility blamed the current wave of power cuts, which began on Wednesday, on boiler leaks and the breakdown of a conveyor belt transporting coal to Medupi power station. Eskom also said delays in returning units that were on planned maintenance to service contributed to supply constraints, as did diesel shortages.
In a statement, Eskom says the national grid has improved and this is a result of several units being returned to service from planned and unplanned maintenance.
“Eskom continues to replenish diesel reserves for the open cycle gas turbines which enable us to avoid and/or minimise load shedding. Repairs are progressing well on the conveyor belt at Medupi power station, which should reach full capacity by the end of the week.
“We remind customers that despite this progress, the power system is constrained and while every effort is made to avoid load shedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a significant shift in plant performance and increased unplanned technical breakdowns.”
Date: 20 October 2019
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 20, 2019