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Eskom: Koeberg shutdown won’t compromise power grid

Eskom has assured South Africans that contingency measures have been put in place to avoid load shedding.

FILE: Eskom's Koeberg Power Station. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the power grid won't be compromised now that one of the units at Koeberg is offline.

Unit two was shut down in early this morning for maintenance work, meaning the national grid loses about 900 megawatts for the next three months.

But Medupi's unit six is now adding an additional 800 megawatts to the grid.

The utility's Khulu Phasiwe, "Because it is a planned outage, we have put in place other contingency measures to make sure that we don't lose 900 megawatts and therefore we go into serious problems with load shedding again. What we have done is that we have put online some other units from other power stations."

The country hasn't experienced load shedding for over 20 days.