System remains vulnerable, but no blackouts planned – Eskom

2014-11-07 15:01

Despite a vulnerable power system, no rolling blackouts are expected over the weekend and next week, says Eskom.

“While the system remains vulnerable, the probability of load shedding is low over the weekend and coming week,” Eskom group executive Steven Lenton told reporters in Joburg today.

A coal storage silo which held more than 10 000 tons of coal at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga collapsed on Saturday, affecting coal supplies to all six units at the power station.

“As the Majuba power station stabilises, the system looks stable in the next few days, with all power plants ready for evening peaks and system contingencies,” Lenton said.

Eskom chief executive Tshediso Matona and group executives Dan Marokane, Thava Govender, Mongezi Nsokolo and Matshela Koko were also in attendance.

Although the power system was “a lot healthier”, Lenton urged people to use electricity wisely.

“Saving electricity reduces pressure on the grid,” he said.

Govender said the Majuba power station was now generating 1600 Megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Before the collapse, it supplied 3600MW, roughly 10% of the country’s electricity capacity.

The silo collapse reduced its output to 1800MW and then to 600MW.

Govender said four of the six units at the Majuba power station were operational.

Matona said a full investigation into the cause of the collapse was already under way.

“Until we know the full facts with certainty, it serves no purpose to speculate,” he said.

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