Talk about a great way to conclude the weekend: Eskom has stated that load shedding will be suspended at 21:00 on Sunday, February 6, 2022.
The decision to terminate the rolling blackouts was attributed to an increase in generation capacity by the beleaguered power company.
The beleaguered power company began its first round of Stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday, February 2nd, claiming a lack of generation capacity as a reason, citing the failure of two more generating units during the night. The load shedding was scheduled to last until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022.
When Eskom’s management held a media briefing to give an update on the load shedding earlier in the week, the utility’s COO Jan Oberholzer said suspending the rolling blackouts would depend on a variety of factors, including units at the Duvha, Tutuka, Kendal and Kusilie power stations returning to service.
“At two [Duvha and Tutuka ] of these power stations we have three units running so that not good. At Tutuka we have the ability to run six units but we only have three, at Duvha we have the ability to run five but we only have three,” he said.
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“It may be that the system will improve and the breakdowns will not be where we are currently and the way we find it leading up to now. There is a possibility that we may lift it but it will depend on a successful return to service of the units as well as whatever breakdowns.”
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer