Eskom warns of load shedding: loss highest since wet coal

2014-05-15 15:40

Eskom has sounded the load shedding alarm after the national grid today lost a frightening 8?500MW to unplanned outages.

The power utility has projected that South Africa will be short of about 811MW at the evening peak tonight.

No reason for the high level of unplanned lost generation was given.

The lost generation is at its highest level since the wet coal incident shut down the Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, taking almost 10?000MW of generation capacity off the grid on March 6, leading to a power emergency and widespread load shedding.

“Eskom will utilise all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown,” the company said today.

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