Eskom: No blackouts expected today

The power utility says it’s managed to stabilise coal supply at its Majuba Power Station.

FILE. The power utility says it’s managed to stabilise coal supply & doesn’t expect to implement load shedding today.  Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's managed to stabilise the coal supply at its Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga and is not expecting to implement load shedding today.

The utility says this has averted a crisis at its newest power station, following an unexpected collapse of a coal silo at the weekend.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says many questions remain about the collapse but the priority for now has been to get about a third of the station up and running.

"Everything is under control and the bypass systems that we put in place overnight at the power station seem to be holding."

He says the Majuba Power Plant was inspected by structural engineers last year, who did not flag any problems.

The collapse is likely to impact Eskom's maintenance plans and will put further strain on the grid.

RISING CONCERN

Concerns have been raised that the country will be facing the same crisis similar to the one in 2008, which was described as the worst period of blackouts in South Africa's history.

Energy expert Chris Yellend says the power cuts may be far worse than before as there is a higher demand.

"We lightly to use between 1500 and 3800 megawatts of power off from Majuba, at a time when Eskom has been running extremely short."

Last week Yellend also accused the parastatal of downplaying the crises.