Eskom Trips Up Again, Load-Shedding Stage 4


Struggling power utility Eskom on Friday ramped up load-shedding to Stage 4 from 14:00.

“Following the shut down of the three generating units at Kendal Power station, the trip of a unit each at Tutuka and Matimba power stations and the delayed return to service if a unit each at Majuba and Lethabo power stations, Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 14:00 today until 05:00,” said Eskom in a statement Friday afternoon.

The power utility said total breakdowns were at 17 437MW.

“It is anticipated that some generating units will return to service later today and overnight allowing for a reduction to Stage 2 load-shedding for the remainder of the weekend,” said Eskom.

The power utility apologised for “the inconvenience caused by the load-shedding and request the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help us through constraints”.

Earlier on Friday Eskom implemented load-shedding at short notice from 11 am because a unit failed to return to service and another tripped.

“Regretfully, Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented starting at 11:00. A unit at Lethabo and Majuba were delayed in returning to service. A unit at Tutuka tripped,” said Eskom.

“Three Kendal units were taken off and it is anticipated that the fourth and remaining unit will also be shut down.

“The conveyor belts supplying these units are currently not running due to a power fault. No coal is reaching the station at this point.

“We unfortunately do expect the load shedding stage to escalate into the weekend as soon as we have a better understanding of when these problems will be resolved.”