Uncategorized 15.4.2015 02:13 pm

No danger of complete electricity blackout in SA – Minister

FILE PICTURE: Lynne Brown. Picture: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Danielle Karallis

FILE PICTURE: Lynne Brown. Picture: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Danielle Karallis

South Africa was not close to a complete electricity blackout, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday.

Briefing journalists in Parliament, Brown gave an update of the state of the country’s electricity grid after she was briefed by Eskom acting chairman Ben Ngubane.

“The loss of a number of generating units early in the week reduced the available capacity to meet the demand on Monday,” Brown said.

Brown said Eskom was forced to move into stage three loadshedding on Tuesday after technical faults led to the unplanned shutdown of more power plants.

“It is no way an indiaiton that we are close to a blackout,” Brown said.

Eskom moved back to stage two loadshedding on Wednesday as a number of plants came on line again.

Brown, however, indicated South Africans were not out of the dark just yet.

“It is expected the situation would continue throughout winter when the consumption is higher as the constraints on the grid means that planned, controlled, and rotational load shedding and load curtailment, are introduced to protect the power system.”

 

 

 

 

 

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