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Don’t look now, South Africa, but we’re now entering the second day in a row without load shedding from Eskom.
The issues were caused by boiler leaks at a number of stations, problems at Medupi, a lack of reserve power available from pumped storage and diesel burners, and unplanned maintenance of other plants.
On Monday, a new issue emerged, when a “fault” was identified on its 400KV line connecting the 2000MW Hendrina Power Station in Mpumalanga.
Date: 22 October 2019
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 22, 2019
That said, the fault is being “investigated” and hasn’t forced the utility to implement rolling blackouts as of Tuesday midday.
While there is a low probability for load shedding this week, Eskom notes the system remains “extremely constrained and vulnerable”.
It’s also currently “using some of our emergency reserves to minimise [the] probability of load shedding”.
“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly,” Eskom concluded.
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