South Africa 15.4.2015 03:59 pm

Eskom moves to stage 3 load shedding

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Eskom announced on Wednesday that it was moving from stage 2 to stage 3 load shedding from 4pm and was expecting it to last until 10pm.

This is due to a further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by technical faults, the power utility said in a statement.

“The electricity supply system remains very vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages,” Eskom said. “Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system. Any additional changes on the already vulnerable and constrained power system could lead to a change in the stage of load shedding at short notice. We will communicate if there is a need to change stages.”

Eskom called on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which would help reduce electricity demand.

 

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