After state owned power company Eskom implemented load shedding on Wednesday night, the system remains “severely constrained” and the company have warned that the likelihood of blackouts being rolled out again on Thursday 27 May appears to be extremely high.
Severe supply constraints and setbacks relating to maintenance on some of the critical electrical infrastructure plants has led to a significant loss in capacity, with Eskom battling to provide enough power to the nation.
Eskom warn of further load shedding on Thursday 27 May
In a statement released on Thursday 27 May, Eskom said that the public should prepare itself for further load shedding:
“Eskom would like to inform the public that it continues to experience severe supply constraints as the shortage of generation capacity still persists, caused by breakdowns in generation units and delays in others returning to service,” they said.
“While no load shedding is anticipated at this point, Eskom could be forced to implement Stage 1 or, if necessary, Stage 2 load shedding at short notice should any further breakdowns occur.”
They said that such a load shedding schedule is most likely to kick off between 17:00 and 22:00 in the evening.
Public urged to reduce electricity use
The power supplier said that the public needs to assist their efforts to restore the grid to optimal service by urgently reducing the amount of electricity used on Thursday.
“Eskom would again like to appeal to the public to help the country get through these constraints by reducing the usage of electricity,” they said.
Breakdowns at some of the country’s major power plants are currently totalling a loss of 14 711MW of capacity, while another 2 220MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.
“Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return more generators to service,” they said, adding that they will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system or the need to announce a schedule for load shedding.