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News24.com | Kendal power station fire: Eskom using diesel, no load shedding for now


Eskom’s Kendal Power Station.

Following a fire at its Kendal Power Station in Gauteng over the weekend, Eskom confirmed that load shedding will in all probability be averted.

Units 2 and 3 of the Kendal Power Station will return to service early this week, according to Eskom.

This follows a controlled shutdown of these two units after a fire broke out in the power station’s Unit 1 early on Saturday morning and damaged its generator transformer.

That unit will only return to service in November. Further investigations will be conducted to determine the root cause of the fire.

“While Eskom will be forced to increase diesel consumption, we do not anticipate that any load shedding will be implemented as a result of the incident. We urge members of the public to continue using electricity sparingly to assist the country,” Eskom said in a statement on Monday morning.

Emergency generation typically involves using open-cycle gas turbines, which run on diesel. It is a very expensive way to generate power.

Kendal is one of the largest indirect dry-cooled power stations in the world, and uses significantly less water in its cooling processes compared to conventional power stations. The station has six 686 MW units. 

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