JOHANNESBURG – Power utility company Eskom has said load shedding will be reduced to Level 3 at 10:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until Friday to get more units back into service.
Six generating units have been restarted in the past 24 hours while three more units are due to return on Thursday according to information.
“The load shedding will then continue at this level until Friday. Eskom will continue to adjust the level of load shedding based on the level of outages,” the utility said in a statement.
Eskom said it would be able to reduce the implementation of load shedding to Level 3 from Wednesday evening.
Eskom said one generating unit each at Arnot and Kendal stations were restarted, adding to two units at Lethabo, and one each at Camden and Matla stations, which were restarted overnight.
“One unit each of Majuba, Matimba and Arnot power stations should be back online by [Thursday].”
Overall, they said it would increase production capacity and ease restrictions ahead of the weekend when they expected demand to fall.
“We currently have 5,787 MW available for planned maintenance, while an additional 14,259 MW of capacity is unavailable due to unplanned outages.”