On Thursday, Eskom released a statement informing the public that load shedding may be a possibility for this coming weekend.
Immediate planned maintenance at the Cahora Bassa plant in Mozambique will result in reduced capacity on Sunday as a portion of the generated power is imported by South Africa.
Water reserves will also be built up over the weekend, following depleting water and diesel reserves last week leading to scheduled load shedding. These reserves need to be used sparingly, Eskom said in a statement.
Eskom said that ‘the capacity available to meet demand for electricity will be reduced as a result thereby increasing the need for rotational load shedding’.
Rotational load shedding will occur over the weekend and any further developments will be communicated regularly and openly to the public.
Eskom calls on all consumers to reduce their consumption to reduce any added pressures placed on the grid.
Eskom forecasts the following power supply for the weekend ahead:
Friday 28 November: Peak demand capacity is 30 920 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 29 826 MW’
Saturday 29 November: Evening peak demand capacity is 29 973 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 28 836 MW.
Sunday 30 November: Evening peak demand capacity is 30 353 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast at 29 146 MW.
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