Little over a month since an explosion at the Medupi power plant another explosion followed at the Kendal power plant in Gauteng over the weekend.
According to a statement issued by Eskom, unit one tripped at 03:44 am on Sunday morning as a result of a failure of the generator transformer which was discovered to have caught fire.
Chris Yelland, Energy analyst at EE Business Intelligence, said that, “We know that a generator transformer, which is a huge piece of machinery, caught fire…it looks like it exploded – it completely burnt out. It’s a write-off – it’s going to have to be completely replaced.”
Yelland added that the cause of the fire is still unknown and Eskom has said that an investigation is underway.
Yelland said that, “Very often we never hear the outcome of these investigations. In round figures it’s about 1 800 megawatts has been taken off the grid. To order a new transformer could take two years, or they may be able to move a transformer from a unit that is not in service.”
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