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Stage 1 load shedding cancelled

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Stage one power cuts, which were implemented earlier on Tuesday morning, have been cancelled, Eskom said.

“This is due to the significant drop in electricity demand since we issued warnings early this morning that the system was under strain,” the parastatal said.

Earlier, Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said the blackouts could end earlier if people used electricity sparingly.

The power grid was under pressure on Monday after one of Koeberg’s 900MW units was taken out of service because of a technical fault. Phasiwe said the unit was still down on Tuesday.

“We are trying to sync it into service. It will take a few days but it should be online soon.”

A unit at Koeberg power station is undergoing tests in preparation for being restarted. The unit, which produces 900MW, was taken off line on Sunday due to a technical fault. Earlier on Monday Eskom said the power grid was under pressure as a result of the failure of the unit.

“Unit one is expected to be fully operational by the end of this week, which will increase capacity going into the weekend.”

However, acting chief executive Dan Marokane said the unit would be taken off line again next Monday for scheduled maintenance.

“The unit will still go out on a scheduled shutdown on Monday 9 February 2015, and is expected to return back to service at the end of May,” he said.

“The scheduled shutdown of Koeberg unit one is part of Eskom’s overall maintenance programme for its fleet of power stations.”

Unit two was operating at full power, producing 930MW for the grid.
Marokane urged the public to use power sparingly.

“We request sustained savings as we continue with our maintenance plan and efforts to balance demand and supply.” SAPA

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