South Africa’s Eskom extends power cuts to Wednesday

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Eskom, South Africa’s electricity public utility, has announced that load shedding will be extended to 0500 hrs on Wednesday following the loss of further generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves.

The logo of state power utility Eskom is seen outside the Koeberg nuclear power plant near Cape Town, South Africa, March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

In a statement on its Twitter account, Eskom said “during the weekend we have suffered further breakdowns at five power stations (Tutuka, Majub, Kusile, Matimba and Duvha), putting further strain on the generation capacity.”

The public utility also reported delays in units returning to service at Hendrina, Duvha and restoring full load on the Cahora Bassa line.

Eskom currently has “6 545MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 915MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdown and delays.”