Eskom now using emergency reserves in battle to avoid load shedding

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Eskom is unable to rule out load shedding on Thursday, following an increase in unplanned breakdowns across the country – we’ve got the latest here.

There’s been another wobble for South Africa’s electricity grid on Thursday 24 January, with Eskom confirming that a number of “unplanned outages” have forced them into using their emergency supplies to avoid load shedding.

The beleaguered energy firm is trying to keep the lights on, with over 14 000 MW of power unavailable as of 8:00 on 23 January. This has spiked from the 11 500 MW that was offline earlier this week. Eskom says that the large quantities of missing energy are due to necessary maintenance, which has seen some generational units shut down.

Eskom: Load shedding forecast for Thursday 23 January

The utility issued a statement earlier, admitting that their back-up diesel generators are currently in use to prevent another round of load shedding. They say the probability of power cuts remains low, but it does seem like Eskom are cutting things fine. Here’s what they had to say for themselves:

The power system is constrained this morning and we have been using our emergency resources in order to meet demand. Unplanned outages have been rising over the past few days and currently stand at 14 301 MW. Our technical teams are working hard to return units which are undergoing maintenance back to service.

“We ran late last night in order to pump water into our storage schemes. We are currently using diesel generators to meet demand on Thursday while waiting for coal units to come back online. When this happens, we can stop using our emergency resources and replenish them.

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…Eskom statement

Can they keep the lights on?

The winds of change have begun swirling through Eskom and their executive structures. January has seen the appointment of a new CEO, an acting chairperson and even the first permanent spokesperson since Khulu Phasiwe. However, it is the same old story coming out of Megawatt Park, and SA remains on the brink.

  • You can ready Eskom’s statement in full here:

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Nandi Mbatha

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Source: The South African

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