It remains unclear whether South Africans should expect load shedding this week after a fire at Eskom’s Kendal Power Station.
Kendal Power Station’s unit 1 tripped early on Saturday due to a failure of the generator transformer and caught fire. Two other units were also affected and subsequently shut down, no injuries were reported.
“We still don’t know the details. Kendal Power Station has been a very troublesome power station for many years now and, in fact, has been subject to a lot of scrutiny as a result of its high emissions,” energy expert Chris Yelland said.
He said with half of the Kendal Power Station out of service, this was a loss of about 1 800 megawatts of generation capacity. Eskom has yet to communicate the extent to which the incident will impact the national power grid.
“The supply and demand situation is going to be very tight. Whether it’s going to be enough to push us over the edge, I don’t know yet, but it certainly depends on how much other generators are out of service at the same time.”
The power utility said that units 2 and 3 will return to service during the course of the week.
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