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Eskom Warns of 'Tight' Few Weeks| News by Staff Reporter
As temperatures rise and the parastatal enters maintenance season
South African power utility Eskom on Thursday said power supply during the coming few weeks would be tight due to maintenance season and rising temperatures.
“For this week, and the weeks that follow, it will be a challenge to balance supply and demand due to a number of factors,” Eskom said in a statement.
“We have entered our maintenance season… and the current hot weather conditions have also had an impact on supply, impairing the efficiency of some of Eskom’s dry-cooled power stations, and have caused increased demand as customers have increased their use of air-conditioning.”
In addition to this Eskom said the generator at Koeberg’s Unit 2 was still undergoing repairs and would be out of service for another few weeks.
In a bid to keep “the lights on” Eskom said it was implementing supply-side initiatives aimed at sustaining the system’s balance as well as drawing on its active demand management agreements with large consumers.
Consumers would be updated on the current power status through daily public announcements on all the SABC channels as well as e.tv. The Power Alert would be shown between 17:30 and 21:00.
“Eskom is making progress in its efforts to do necessary maintenance on the power system during the current summer season, but wishes to remind South Africans that the power system is tight and will continue to be so for at least the next two years,” the utility said, urging consumers to use electricity wisely and reduce demand.