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Eskom probes claims of another potentially problematic silo

Trade union Solidarity says it has information of another 'crack' at a Majuba Power Station silo.

FILE: Power lines running to a coal power station near Johannesburg. Picture: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's looking into reports of another weakness found at one of its coal silos at the Majuba Power Station.

Trade union Solidarity released a statement yesterday saying it has information about another weakness on the silos.

Two weeks ago one of them collapsed triggering a shortage of power and resulting in rolling blackouts.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says they're doing everything they can to prevent a similar incident.

"We've been working with Solidarity for a couple of weeks now to get as much information as possible. Solidarity claim to have information with regards to silo weaknesses and certainly we take that very seriously. I've got their statements in front of me and we are working with them.'

Yesterday, the utility issued more warnings of possible load shedding.

The utility has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga earlier this month.

Etzinger said the power grid is right on the edge.

"If we do pick up technical problems or if the demand picks up, we could be in a spot of bother."

According to Etzinger, technical problems comprised with a combination of poor quality coal delivery to some stations has resulted in the Majuba facility not being able to run at its full ability.

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