Eskom starts load shedding

2014-11-21 14:50

Eskom appears to have run out of fuel to fire up its power stations. This is the latest in a string of problems which have thrown it into crisis, including a collapsed silo and coal problems.

Eskom this afternoon announced it has started load shedding after “unforeseen technical problems at power stations, depleted water reserves at our peaking power stations which use water to generate electricity and depleted diesel reserves to fire up the open-cycle gas turbines”.

It has implemented a Stage 1 power cut, the lowest level of load shedding, meaning it has to cut 1 000 MW of demand immediately.

Some municipalities, including Cape Town, have since initiated Stage 2 load shedding, indicating a more severe problem than was originally thought.

It expects this to continue over the whole weekend “in order to build up reserves for the week ahead.

It has asked South Africans to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances.

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