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Eskom still on track to suspend loadshedding at 05:00 on Friday morning, warns of possibility of loadshedding next week

Thursday, 14 April 2022: The power system remains fragile and while that holds, Eskom will continue with the current instance of loadshedding as previously communicated, which will be suspended at 05:00 on Friday. The planned suspension of loadshedding is due, in part, to the lower demand expected over the weekend. However, there remains a possibility that loadshedding will need to be implemented during next week as the demand returns.

Over the past 24 hours, a unit each at the Kusile and Kendal power stations tripped. The Kusile unit has returned to service this morning, together with one of the previously delayed Camden power station units. Eskom will undertake opportunity maintenance during the low demand weekend to address some risk on running units.

During the weekend Eskom will release some water into the river system from the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme in order to relieve the capacity constraints that have been created by the heavy rains. This will be done in a responsible manner in collaboration with the authorities.

We currently have 6 042MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 471MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns.

Eskom would like to inform the public that any further deterioration in generation capacity may require further loadshedding. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly, particularly over the long weekend to assist to replenish the emergency generation reserves in anticipation of the coming week.

Eskom would like to apologise for the implementation of loadshedding and reiterate that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation.


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