South Africa’s national power utility Eskom has warned that it might need to implement high stages of load shedding in order to meet surging demand during the winter months.
Yesterday morning during the System and Winter Outlook briefing, Eskom cautioned that the power system is severely constrained and there is a high risk of elevated stages of load shedding in winter.
Giving a performance overview, Eskom Generation group executive, Bheki Nxumalo, said that the power generating system continues to show poor performance, with frequent plant breakdowns subjecting the country to elevated stages of load shedding. These shortages will persist throughout the winter months, necessitating the continued implementation of load shedding.
Nxumalo added that unavailability of the three units at Kusile Power Station and the unit at Koeberg 1 Power Station have removed 3,080MW of capacity from the grid, equivalent to three stages of load shedding.
“We are striving to reduce…