Load shed­ding not likely dur­ing fes­tive pe­riod, says Eskom

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

ESKOM is spread­ing the fes­tive cheer and says the prob­a­bil­ity of load shed­ding would be low from now un­til Jan­uary 13.

“The prob­a­bil­ity of load shed­ding re­mains low from to­day un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, 2019. This is as a re­sult of the ex­pected de­crease in de­mand as busi­nesses and in­dus­tries close down for the fes­tive break,” the power util­ity said.

It warned, how­ever, that heavy rain­fall un­til March could neg­a­tively im­pact on its gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity be­cause coal han­dling be­comes harder.

The com­pany said it is con­tin­u­ing to im­ple­ment a re­cov­ery pro­gramme to im­prove low coal stock lev­els and the per­for­mance of its power plants.

“Dur­ing the De­cem­ber pe­riod, Eskom will in­ten­sify its main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties in an ef­fort to im­prove gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity for the re­turn of busi­nesses and in­dus­tries in the new year. Steady progress has been made with re­gards to fix­ing coal stock­piles.”

It said it had signed 35 new coal con­tracts dur­ing the course of the year that would en­sure the sup­ply of 18.6 mega­tons of coal.

“In prepa­ra­tion for con­tin­u­ous rains, three days of com­pacted strate­gic stock­piles have been cre­ated at power sta­tions.

“While we do not an­tic­i­pate load shed­ding over the hol­i­day pe­riod, lo­cal power out­ages could oc­cur, not as a re­sult of load shed­ding, but due to tech­ni­cal faults on the distri­bu­tion net­work.”

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