Eskom warns of high load shedding risk as grid likely strained for ‘next few weeks’


The power system is under severe pressure and there is a risk of load shedding at short notice if there are any significant breakdowns at Eskom plants, warned the power utility on Monday morning.

The power system will be under strain for weeks, it added in a statement.

“There are a number of generating units expected to return to service during the day today, but the likelihood of load shedding is high and may be required at short notice, most likely during the evening peaks between 17:00 and 22:00.”

At the moment a little over 5 200MW is out on planned maintenance, with another 14 623MW unavailable due to breakdowns.

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