Eskom shocks SA with load shedding-free month

Recently Medupi Power Station's Unit 6 was brought online adding about 800 megawatts to the grid.

FILE: Earlier today, Eskom said it hoped for a load shedding-free summer. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - It's been over a month with no load shedding and Eskom says it plans to keep up the trend as long as maintenance work on the grid can continue.

In recent weeks Unit 6 of the Medupi Power Station was brought online adding about 800 megawatts to the grid.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says extensive maintenance done earlier this year has also helped prevent major breakdowns.

"It's been a good run over the last few days, just over 30 days now without load shedding, and we have been doing a lot of maintenance. What we have seen is the result of the maintenance festival."

Earlier today, Eskom said it hoped for a load shedding-free summer.

During an oversight visit to the Koeberg Power Station yesterday by Members of Parliament, Eskom officials assured them their maintenance plan is on track.

Koeberg's Unit Two was taken offline for maintenance and refueling last month.

The power station manager Riedewaan Bakardien says a shutdown at one of its units will not affect power supply.

"There should be no impact on the grid. The Koeberg outage we have planned for many years already. So as Koeberg comes down for an outage, other units return to service."