South African state power company Eskom said on June 24 that electricity cuts could intensify following labor protests at nine of its facilities linked to deadlocked wage talks.
Eskom is the largest electricity producer in South Africa. The company rationed electricity on May 11 with up to 20 GW of the power grid out of operation for hours.
The company said the protest activities included incidents of intimidation of working employees and blockading of roads leading to power stations.
Eskom is currently implementing Stage 2 rotational cuts that require up to 20 GW to be shed from the national grid. The company has a total nominal capacity of 46,000 MW, but earlier this week more than a third of that capacity was offline due to breakdowns and planned maintenance.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Harry Huo)
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