Follow a request to reduce electricity usage on Tuesday and earlier this morning, Eskom has said that it will “regrettably” implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
“This loadshedding is required as a result of a shortage in generation capacity due to breakdowns and delays in returning generator units to service,” the utility wrote in the second power alert of the day.
As of this afternoon Eskom reports that 14 7149MW of generation capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns. A further 2 220MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.
Loadshedding at Stage 1 will be in effect until 22:00.
Eskom went on to state that while its teams are working to return units to service, if generators do not return to working order as expected further loadshedding may be required throughout the rest of the week.
Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight due to shortage of generation capacity pic.twitter.com/MUtfpR98xl
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) May 26, 2021