Eskom maintains load shedding and equipmentby TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ESKOM, South Africa’s energy utility has announced plans to extend load shedding as battles to maintain its ageing equipment amid demand exceeding power supply.
According to the company, the system is extremely constrained from Monday and for the rest of the week.
“Throughout the summer season, any extra load or faults in the system may lead to load shedding,” the firm added.
Meanwhile, Eskom is actively managing its maintenance programme in a bid to reduce the level of units that are taken out of service for unplanned maintenance.
“The focus is on returning units that are out for maintenance on time and ensuring that they perform optimally,” read a statement.
Among units that are on planned maintenance, Koeberg Unit 1 commenced with its refuelling and maintenance outage on Monday and is expected to return back to service at the end of May.
The scheduled shutdown of Koeberg Unit 1 is part of Eskom’s overall maintenance programme for its fleet of power stations.
Every 16 to 18 months, each of the two units at Koeberg is shut down for refuelling, inspection and maintenance.
The routine shutdowns are scheduled so as to avoid having both units out of service at the same time and to avoid the winter months in each year, Eskom said.
It appealed for consumers to conserve power during the period.
– CAJ News
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