While the country had now gone five weeks without any load shedding, the parastal repeated its warning of possible load shedding due to maintenance issues in the week ahead.
“Tomorrow, Monday, 14 September, we will undertake planned maintenance on the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme together with Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB),” Eskom said in a statement.
“As a result, South Africa will get 650 MW instead of the 1500 MW that is normally imported from Cahora Bassa on a daily basis. This maintenance is expected to be completed on Sunday, 20 September and the scheme is expected to be back on full power on Monday, 21 September.”
The power system would be tight, particularly during the weekday evening peak periods from Tuesday to Friday. Eskom would use its emergency reserves to augment the capacity shortfall as a result of this planned outage, it said.
– African News Agency (ANA)