On Monday afternoon, Eskom announced that Unit 2 of the Koeberg power station, which had been on cold reserve since April 2020, was successfully synchronised to the grid to help relieve the pressure on the generation system.
The power utility further stated that a generation unit each at the Majuba and Lethabo power stations have now returned to service;, however, is still not sufficient to enable Eskom to suspend loadshedding.
Eskom will, therefore, continue implementing Stage 2 loadshedding until 22:00 today [14 July], after which it will be suspended for the night.
In order to limit the impact of loadshedding on the morning traffic peak, Eskom will start implementing Stage 2 loadshedding from 09:00 until 22:00.
In a statement, the company said: “Eskom wishes to assure the public that implementing loadshedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid. This loss added to breakdowns at the Kriel and the Medupi power stations because of difficulties experienced during startup.”
Eskom assured that teams are working around the clock to return as many generation units as possible.
The colder weather also means demand for electricity has risen significantly, the power company noted.
“We, therefore, urge the public to continue assisting us in managing consumption in order to reduce the impact of the supply constraints,” Eskom concluded.