Power reserves remain low – Eskom

2014-03-08 11:28

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Eskom’s electricity supply system remains under strain but no further power cuts are expected.

“The system is tight at the moment because our reserves are low. We don’t, however, expect load shedding,” spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said today.

“At the moment we are replenishing our fuel supply to power stations. We are refilling the plants’ fuel.”

Etzinger said consumers would be kept informed of developments.

Eskom’s CEO, Brian Dames said yesterday that opting for staggered power cuts was a painful move, but unavoidable to save the electricity system.

“The decision was necessary to avoid a total blackout,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

A total blackout would have had significant consequences for the South African economy.

At 6am on Thursday, Eskom announced a power emergency caused by heavy rains wetting coal stocks.

Large industrial customers were asked to reduce consumption by 10% and the public was asked to conserve electricity to help ease the demand on the power grid.

In some parts of Tshwane, power was cut for about two hours on Thursday. Power cuts were also experienced in Johannesburg.

The City of Cape Town initiated “stage three” power cuts and suburbs in Port Elizabeth were also affected.

Eskom urged the public to continue to use electricity sparingly, even though the emergency is over.

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