Five generating units were knocked out at the Kriel power station and according to Eskom “electrical faults”, caused by mist, are to blame.
The power trips have led to the loss of 2GW’s generating capacity from the system, according to Eskom. “The fault, which appears to be related to the heavy mist conditions experienced at the time, is under investigation,” according to a statement as reported by techcentral.co.za.
“The first fault caused units 1, 2 and 3 of the power station to trip, while the second fault tripped units 4 and 5. Unit 6 was offline at the time.”
According to spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha, some units are expected to be up and running during the course of the day but time will be needed for them to reach full capacity. A warning was issued that should more generating capacity be lost throughout the day, load shedding will be imminent.
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