No load shedding today – Eskom

2014-11-03 09:31

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There will not be power cuts as a result of the Majuba power station crisis anywhere in the country today.

“There will be no load shedding today. We managed to restore coal supplies to two of the six units at the [Majuba] power station. This means that one-third of the power station’s normal capacity is back in service,” said Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger.

“As a result Eskom is not needing to implement load shedding during the day. However, the power system remains under pressure and consumers are urged to use electricity sparingly for the remainder of the week.”

A coal-storage silo at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga cracked on Saturday and later collapsed. Etzinger said coal conveyors were damaged as a result.

On Sunday, alternative measures were put in place.

“For units one and two, we had to [truck] in coal,” he said.

“The coal was placed on mobile conveyors using front-end loaders ... 1 200 tonnes of coal per hour was being brought in.”

Eskom was working on a similar solution for delivering coal to units five and six.

He said units three and four were not affected.

The operation involved excess manpower and cost but Etzinger could not immediately provide figures.

Load-shedding schedule for Greater Joburg

Load-shedding schedule for Ethekwini

Load-shedding schedule for Cape Town

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