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Eskom has declared a power supply emergency, in terms of the approved regulatory protocols, according to a media statement.
“The power system is severely constrained due to the loss of additional generating units from our power station fleet and the extensive use of emergency reserves,” reads the statement.
“Eskom is now following the protocol in terms of its emergency procedures in order to secure the power system. We have alerted our key industrial customers and have required them to reduce their load by a minimum of 10%.
“While we will make every effort to avoid load shedding, we are hopeful that by applying these measures we will achieve the required load reduction necessary to protect the national grid.”
Eskom is working closely with the mining industry in terms of its Demand Side Management (DSM) programme to help mining companies reduce their power consumption and cut costs.