Load shedding phase 2 scheduled for Tuesday evening, with risk of worsening during the day

Phase 2 load shedding will again be implemented from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Tuesday evening, Eskom announced Tuesday morning.

In addition, there is the possibility of higher load shedding phases in the event of a breakdown on Tuesday.

“The onset of winter saw an increase in demand and this will result in severe capacity constraints during this period, particularly during the evening and morning peaks. Unfortunately, this would generally require the implementation of load shedding during the evening peaks.” Eskom added.

A generation unit from the Kusile and Arnot power plants is expected to return to service on Tuesday afternoon. Since Monday evening, a unit of the Arnot, Grootvlei and Matla power plants has tripped or been taken offline for repairs.

At the same time two units were put back into service; one each at the Kriel and Grootvlei power plants.

Eskom said 3,049 MW of electricity supply is offline due to scheduled maintenance, while another 15,762 MW of capacity is unavailable due to failures.

“We therefore urge all South Africans to continue to use electricity sparingly, especially between 05:00 and 09:00 in the morning and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evening.”

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