The power system is stable

The country’s power system remained stable throughout this week and this pattern is expected to continue into this weekend, Eskom said yesterday.

Speaking to The Citizen, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said there was also a further improvement on the system when two units from Duvha and Kendel were brought back online on Wednesday.

“The units in question had to be taken offline for the purposes of general maintenance overhaul. Both units are generating an additional 1 283mw to the national grid,” said Phasiwe. He said there is no load shedding planned for the weekend, provided there were no major breakdowns.

“However, we need to stress again that the current situation does not mean that we are out of the woods. “Although the coal sector strike which lasted for a week did not have a negative impact on out coal-fired power stations, we are happy that all parties managed to reach an agreement this week and averted a prolonged industrial action,”

Phasiwe said. Eskom said it met the country’s electricity demand while operating and maintaining its generation fleet without load shedding for the past 69 days. Meanwhile, the South African Weather Services is forecasting cool to warm weather conditions throughout this weekend.

“In most places, we expected partly cloudy and cloudy conditions,” forecaster Lulama Menze said.

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