The utility company Eskom has assured the public that there will be no load shedding over the weekend following a fire at the Kendal power plant in Mpumalanga.
On Monday, Eskom said that units 2 and 3 of the power plant will start will be back in operation this week and Unit 1 will be back in operation in November.
“Although Eskom will be forced to increase diesel consumption, we assume that no load shedding will take place as a result of the incident. We urge citizens to continue to work economically with electricity to help the country, “it said.
On Saturday, Eskom said that Block 1 was triggered due to a generator transformer failure. Further investigation revealed that it had caught fire.
“The fire damaged the cables to the main cooling water system on the west side of the power plant. Unit 2 and Unit 3 had a vacuum leak and were shut down under controlled conditions, “said Eskom.
The utility said no injuries were sustained during the incident as all staff were evacuated.
Last month, Unit 4 of the Medupi power plant exploded and caused considerable damage to the generator. The explosion sparked fears of a load shedding, but spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha told TimesLIVE that although the damage was severe, there would be no load shedding.
“Load shedding is coming never from a single incident unless we have suffered setbacks in other plants, ”he said. He added that the utility company would conduct an investigation into the cause of the explosion and quantify the cost.