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No loadshedding is expected for the rest of the week
Wednesday, 15 January 2020: Despite a constrained and vulnerable system, no loadshedding was implemented today. Our emergency resources, namely the open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage scheme, were used cautiously today in order to ensure that they remained at adequate levels to supplement capacity for the rest of the week.
All three units that were on unplanned outage as a result of the flooding which caused coal handling problems are all back in service but not at full capacity. Two reliable and major generating units will go on scheduled maintenance tomorrow, and we have planned accordingly to ensure that their absence does not destabilise the system.
We therefore do not anticipate any loadshedding for the rest of the week as there is adequate generation capacity to meet the demand in electricity, although the risk remains.
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 780MW as at 17:30 this evening. Our teams continue to work around the clock to reduce the incidents of breakdowns in order to increase available capacity.
It is important to note that the power system is vulnerable and volatile with an ageing fleet that requires higher levels of maintenance. However, getting back to stability will take some time and we request our customers to work with us by reducing their demand while we work on improving the effectiveness of our maintenance.
We are monitoring the system closely and we will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice.