Duvha investigation still under way – minister

2011-04-04 12:59

An investigation by utility Eskom into a routine turbine test that went wrong at its Duvha power station in Mpumalanga earlier this year is still under way, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said today.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, he confirmed there was “severe mechanical damage” to one of the coal-fired station’s six 600MW turbine units.

The incident happened on February 9.

“Unit 4 of Eskom’s Duvha power station was damaged ... in the course of a routine, scheduled turbine overspeed protection test.

“In the execution of the test, the protection on the unit failed, causing severe mechanical damage,” Gigaba said.

At the time, Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe reportedly said it would take “many months” to repair the damage to the unit, but that the other five units of the 3 600MW Duvha plant were running normally.

Gigaba said a statement would be issued once the investigation had been completed.

“The investigation is still under way and will cover an assessment of the damage, the cause thereof and the cost and time to repair,” he said.

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