The collapse of coal silo at Eskom’s Majuba power station on Saturday seriously impacted the station’s ability to generate electricity. As a result, load shedding occurred yesterday and more expected to occur this week.
Steve Lennon, group executive for sustainability at Eskom told the media that it was essential a blackout be avoided at all costs.
“To do that we need to make sure the system reserves are built up. By Saturday our system reserves were basically exhausted,” he said.
“We spent most of our Sunday building up our system reserves so that we can go into the week with a secure system.”
The silo collapsed on Saturday at 1.12pm with no injuries reported. The station’s output was 3 600 megawatts (MW) at the time of the collapse, and reduced to 1 800 MW. Output had subsequently been reduced to 600 MW, with Eskom using that figure as their base in regards to supply planning.
Eskom expected possible load shedding today between 6 and 8pm, Wednesday 6 to 10pm and throughout Thursday.