Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s electricity company, increased the amount of controlled power cuts nationwide after losing 1,500 megawatts of imports from Mozambique.
“They are having technical problems and so they can’t provide the power,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said in a phone interview.
About 300 megawatts of power imports were cut Wednesday after faults at Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydropower plant, and that was increased to 1,500 megawatts, according to Phasiwe. “We’ll have to wait and see” when the supply returns, he said.
Eskom increased scheduled blackouts to 2,000 megawatts in South Africa to keep its strained grid from collapse. The power cuts, known as loadshedding, are not only because of Mozambique, but also because Eskom’s fleet isn’t operating as it should. “If all our generators were running optimally we wouldn’t be importing this amount,” Phasiwe said.