Eskom has blamed an “internal fault” for a transformer explosion that has knocked out unit 8 of the Camden coal-fired power station. Unit 8 contributes 190MW to the national grid.
“The fire has been contained and no injuries have been reported. An investigation to determine the cause, the extent of the damage and the possible return to service is under way,” the utility said in a statement on Wednesday.
Camden power station is located about 10km south-east of Ermelo in Mpumalanga province.
Eskom said does not expect any supply disruption as result of the incident.
Feedback from Evening Peak 28/12/2021 (19:40)
Total demand: 24 351MW
Virtual Power Station: 239MW
Number of OCGT’s Utilised: 0
Renewable Generators: 1 410MW (Wind 1 106MW, CSP 304MW)@Eskom_SA Available Generation Capacity: 27 134MW@EskomSpokesper1
— SikonathiMantshantsh (@SikonathiM) December 28, 2021
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