Eskom declares emergency to protect national power grid

2014-02-21 00:00

ESKOM yesterday declared a power emergency.

“The power system is severely constrained today due to the loss of additional generating units from our power station fleet, reduced imports and the extensive use of emergency reserves.

“This has necessitated the need for Eskom to declare an emergency is in terms of the approved regulatory protocols, as a measure to protect the national electricity grid.” it said in a statement.

Eskom said it was following protocol in terms of its emergency procedures in order to secure the power system.

It had alerted key industrial customers, asking them to reduce their load by a minimum of 10% as from 2 pm.

The emergency was scheduled to remain in force until 9 pm, and would be reviewed thereafter.

“While we will make every effort to avoid load shedding, we are hopeful that by applying these measures, coupled with support from all electricity consumers, we will achieve the required load reduction necessary to protect the national grid.”

Eskom also urged commercial and residential customers to reduce electricity consumption.

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