Eskom expects load shedding-free weekend

The power utility says load shedding could be implemented if generating unit fails.

FILE. The power utility says the grid remains tight but there shouldn’t be reason to implement rolling blackouts. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom on Friday said it expects to have a load shedding-free weekend despite the power grid remaining tight.

The power utility says unless one of its generating units fail, there should be no reason to implement rolling blackouts.

Eskom has been scrambling to keep the lights on, with demand for electricity threatening to outstrip supply.

The parastatal has been battling with limited generating capacity problems at its power stations and a shortage of diesel supplies.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says, "The system is constrained but stable. If nothing in terms of our generating units fails, we'll go through the weekend without having to implement load shedding."

Earlier this week, it was revealed government was planning to add 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power capacity to the national grid, equal to nearly a quarter of the current capacity.

The Presidency said government would launch a procurement process to build new plants.

Eskom remains confident the lights will stay on over Christmas.