Power alert! Eskom announced just now that load shedding is cancelled from 12pm Friday 19 March. The announcement was made as some generation units have returned to service, helping to restore available capacity.
As of yesterday morning, Eskom teams successfully returned a generation unit at Duvha, Medupi, Kendal, Kriel, and Kusile. A further unit each is expected later today at Camden and Majuba stations.
The announcement has been made following a shortfall earlier in the week which was attributed, in part, to boiler time leaks, units tripping, and an increase in demand.
“We currently have seven 183MW on planned maintenance, while another ten 464MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. The improved generation availability, together with the lower long weekend demand, has enabled us to cancel loadshedding at this point,” said Eskom in the announcement.
Eskom has extended their apologies to South Africa.
Reliability maintenance will continue over this time, and as such the system will continue to be constrained, with the possibility of loadshedding remaining elevated.