In a media briefing today (17 November) De Ruyter said that total unplanned losses are now over 14,444 mw, with any further breakdowns likely to result in power outages.
De Ruyter said that Kendal power unit 4 is likely to return to service later today, however there are a number of units operating at high risk which could lead to further issues, he said
He said thay Eskom plans to take down seven units over the weekend to adress these issues.
As demand over the weekend is significantly lower this is unlikely to lead to load shedding, however further breakdowns could cause issues.
These repairs should help boost capacity heading into next week.
Eskom has indicated that there is a high chance of loadshedding lasting over much of South Africa's summer period.
De Ruyter has previously explained that this is because the summer months are a period where the power utility conducts more maintenance.
He also said the profile of demand during demand is very important. We have a very pronounced evening peak, which is quite short. Whereas in summer there is a sustained high off take of the demand on the system and that result in the units having to run harder for longer.
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