UPDATE 1-S.Africa’s state power utility Eskom warns of increased risk of power cuts

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Cape Town, Nov 17 (Businesshala) – South African state-owned power utility Eskom will implement power cuts from Wednesday to Saturday morning, Chief Executive Andre de Reuter said, citing failures at several of its power stations, including two new ones.

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The company, which supplies about 90% of South Africa’s electricity, said it would implement rotational power cuts from 2 a.m. (1200 GMT) local time on Wednesday to 5 a.m. on Saturday, which will be locally called load-bearing power cuts. It’s called shading.

Eskom classifies load-shedding as “Stage 2”, which means consumers could face power cuts for two to four hours each day.

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Eskom’s CEO warned the company ran the risk of power cuts in a tightly balanced system, as the firm turned to scarce diesel supplies to help keep emergency turbines running.

De Reuter said the utility was grappling with unplanned load losses of about 14,444 megawatts (MW), or about a third of the total installed capacity in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

“It is disappointing that a new plant is not performing as it should and clearly this is a sign of the condition of our newly-built plants that they are not delivering as they should,” he said in the latest breakdown. , said of a boiler leak. New Kusile coal fired power station.

De Reuter said a unit of the new Medupi coal-fired plant had also tripped, causing a cut of 720 megawatts, though the utility expected to return it online for the evening power peak. (Reporting by Wendell Rolfe; Editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Matambo, Promit Mukherjee and Gerry Doyle)

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