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Eskom escalates load-shedding to stage 4

Eskom has announced load-shedding would be increased to Stage 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight due to a further loss of generating capacity

According to the Power Utility, Kusile Power Station Unit 3 tripped earlier this afternoon, taking 720MW of generating capacity with it.

Eskom stated that it will gradually load up to full capacity during the night while this unit has subsequently been restored to operation.

“Because of this further loss of capacity, Eskom is forced to increase load shedding to Stage 4 from 17:00 to 22:00 tonight.

Eskom said it would continue to closely monitor the system, adjusting and communicating any required modifications.”

According to Eskom, the generating units at Hendrina, Tutuka, and Kriel power plants were returned to service this morning, while one unit at Arnot Power Station was taken down for maintenance.”

“We presently have 1 904MW scheduled for maintenance, while another 17 255MW is unavailable due to failures.”

Eskom said it would like to remind the public that load-shedding is only used as a last option to preserve the national grid.

The Power Utility has asked all South Africans to use power wisely, especially between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the mornings and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the evenings.

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