South African state-owned power utility Eskom has announced the unexpected loss of four large units due to unplanned breakdowns.
Appealing to the public, the parastatal has urgently requested consumers to reduce their electricity consumption as the generation system is severely constrained.
According to a press statement, the breakdowns happened to units at Kendal, Majuba and Lethabo power stations.
#POWERALERT 1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 23, 2020
Date: 23 June 2020
Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as system is severely constrained following unplanned breakdowns @SABCNews @IOL @TimesLIVE @ewnupdates @TheSAnews @TheCitizen_News @SowetanLIVE pic.twitter.com/hwvmNi9LCI
In addition, a unit at Duvha and Tutuka power stations, have not returned to service as expected.
According to the utility, a further Kendal unit was taken off due to technical difficulties and to address emissions.
ESI Africa will provide regular updates as this story develops.