Earlier this week, Eskom said with the bulk of businesses closed, it had seen a decline in demand for electricity and would therefore use this time to “carry out important short-term maintenance of our generation infrastructure”.
“To protect the integrity of the power system, Eskom has taken some generation units offline. From midnight on April 3, we will add Koeberg Unit 2 to these units, which are all available to return to service at short notice should the need arise. Koeberg Unit 2 is scheduled to return to service by April 30, if not called before then,” Eskom said.
The power utility said it had issued force majeure notices to independent wind- power producers (IPPs).
“These notices serve to alert the wind IPPs of the possibility that Eskom may from time to time curtail their supply to the grid during the national lockdown. Should this remote possibility happen, the IPPs will be afforded one day's relief for every day, or part thereof, of lost production. This will ensure none of the wind IPPs are worse off than before the force majeure,” Eskom said.