Risk of load shedding remains ‘high’ for Friday evening

eskom load shedding mpumalanga coal power station agnali pixabay

After last night’s shock load shedding announcement, Eskom on Friday morning revealed that more power cuts could be on the horizon.

It added that after Stage 2 load shedding was terminated at 5am Friday morning, the risk of its reinstatement tonight was “high”.

Overnight load shedding allowed the power utility the “partial recovery” of emergency resources, but unavailable capacity remains above 10 500MW — 1000MW above its comfort zone.

Eskom added that it would continue to replenish “water levels at pumped storage schemes and diesel for our open cycle gas turbines over the weekend” in order to avoid load shedding next week.

However, it didn’t state that this would mean load shedding over the weekend.

Eskom added that it would issue an update on the status of the grid later today, but we’d recommended charging all those devices just in case.

Feature image: agnali via Pixabay (CC0)

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