Eskom said in a statement that the power system was under severe pressure this morning and the power supplier is currently using diesel generators to meet electricity demand.
According to the statement, the maintenance of units was delayed, which meant that diesel generators had to run through the night.
“Although we have enough emergency reserves to replenish capacity during the day, we may need to put in load tonight to replenish diesel and water with our open-cycle gas turbines and pump storage schemes,” Eskom explains.
Unplanned power outages stood at 13 063 MW at 06:30. This is a bit more compared to Wednesday’s 12 620 MW.
The power provider is asking users to use electricity sparingly while haunting to get power outages below the 9,500 MW target.