Eskom warns that the public that the power system is severely constrained as the return to service of five generation units have been delayed while a further two have either been shut down or tripped. It urges the companies and people of South Africa to reduce electricity consumption in order to help us power the country through the evening peak.
The return to service of two generation units at the Tutuka power station has been delayed, as well as a unit each at Duvha, Matimba and Kusile power stations.
An additional unit at Tutuka tripped yesterday afternoon while Kusile’s Unit 1 has been shut down. Eskom claims its teams are hard at work to return these units to service.
These breakdowns have added to the approximately 5 500MW of capacity out on planned maintenance while unplanned maintenance has risen to almost 11 000MW. The constrained system may persist for the rest of the week.
Eskom requests everybody’s assistance in using electricity sparingly so it may be able to supply the country through the peak demand period.