A coal silo at our favorite power-monopoly-holder, Eskom’s Majuba coal power station, has collapsed. The station has six silo’s, which should mean that operation can continue without one, but the conveyors that feed the reactors were badly damaged by the collapse.
As soon as disaster struck, the national grid started bleeding out. Steve Lennon, Eskom’s sustainability group executive, said that by Saturday the grid was substantially depleted.
Eskom has scheduled most power cuts for between six and eight pm daily, and all day Thursday. The cause of the collapse has been identified as corrosion of the concrete with which the silo’s are built. Acting technology executive Matshela Kaka, is confident that this was an isolated case, right.
Said Kaka: “We are concerned by the corrosion we are seeing now which we could not have seen with the silo in operation. We are investigating why there is corrosion. Investigation should be concluded soon, our expectations is in next 3 months will be complete.”