Eskom denies delays at Medupi Power Station

The parastatal’s Khulu Phasiwe insists that synchronisation will happen before the end of March.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While South Africans are once again experiencing load shedding this evening, Eskom has denied that there's been a delay with synchronising a unit at the Medupi Power Station.

The country desperately needs additional generating capacity to keep up with the current electricity demand, but there have been construction delays at both the Medupi and Kusile Power Stations.

EE Publishers reported that while one unit at Medupi was supposed to be synchronised with the grid by mid-February, this would now only happen towards the end of March.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe denied reports of a delay and insisted synchronisation would happen before the end of March.

"We will have the unit up anytime between now and March."

At the same time, the utility warned that there would be a 50 percent chance of rolling blackouts because the power system remained under strain.

Eskom was able to meet power demands on Monday morning, but the situation changed around 4pm.

The parastatal said the high temperatures across South Africa were partly to blame for Monday's load shedding, which resulted in drastic demands for electricity.

In some parts of the country, temperatures exceeded 32 degrees, which meant more people used fans and air conditioners.

The load shedding is set to continue until 10pm.

Take a look at EWN's feature on how to survive load shedding.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.