Load shedding suspended, to return in the evening

Load shedding suspended, to return in the evening

While load shedding has been temporarily halted, it will resume on Monday night.

Due to breakdowns, many journeys, and delays in bringing previously broken down units to service, Eskom enforced Stage 2 load shedding over the weekend.

Load shedding will take place on Monday and Tuesday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Eskom has made some progress in replenishing the emergency generation reserves. However, due to the loss of Koeberg Unit 1, we anticipate the need to utilise emergency reserves extensively during the next few days to avoid load shedding. In order to achieve this, Stage 2 load shedding will be required during Monday and Tuesday nights in order to replenish the emergency reserves for the following day,” the utility said.

The entity said the trip at Koeberg power station – a nuclear power station – was “as a result of a fault on a feed water pump” and the plant was shutdown in accordance with safety protocols.

There are no nuclear safety concerns on the reactor side of the plant, which is ready to be restarted once the feed water pump fault has been resolved. The investigation into the feed water pump fault is in progress. – SAnews

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