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Eskom begins load shedding, says outlook for week ‘severely constrained’

Engineering News – ONLINE

02 November 2014

State power utility Eskom began implementing load-shedding at 8:00 on Sunday November 2 and indicated that the system was projected to be “severely constrained” for the coming week, owing to the loss of 1 800 MW at the Majuba power station, in Mpumalanga.

The Majuba loss was caused by damage to the central coal storage silo on Saturday, but was additional to ongoing unplanned losses that had risen materially since the conclusion of the low-maintenance winter period. Eskom began issuing ‘Power Alerts’ earlier in the week and reported unplanned outages of above 7 000 MW.  Read more…

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