Sun. Feb 28th, 2021

Watch: ‘Up in smoke’ – Eskom’s Kendal power plant engulfed by fire

It’s not been a good day for Eskom: One of the firm’s most troublesome plants caught fire on Friday morning, and the Kendal blaze was caught on camera.

watch up in smoke eskoms kendal power plant engulfed by fire - Watch: ‘Up in smoke’ – Eskom’s Kendal power plant engulfed by fire

A conveyor belt fire at Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga caused a wave of panic on Friday morning, after plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the facility. Flames were also visible on the exterior of the building, which has had its fair share of struggles over the past few years. Eskom, however, has given us a reassuring update on the situation.

Eskom douse fears over Kendal fire

According to the utility, the fire – which came from an ash removal site – was extinguished safely, and no injuries were reported. Crucially, Eskom believe their operations will not be disrupted by this briefly-burning blaze:

“Eskom can confirm that a fire broke out on one of the conveyor belts taking the ash out of the Kendal Power Station this morning. The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries. The belt will be replaced today. The station continues to operate as normal.”

Eskom statement

Watch: Eskom’s Kendal plant catches fire

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The irony has certainly not been lost on many cynical South Africans. The fire broke out just 12 hours after President Ramaphosa promised a ‘more secure future’ for electricity production in this country – this, following years of load shedding and technical faults that have blighted Eskom. Before the Kendal inferno, Cyril painted a rosier picture for the SOE’s future:

“The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will soon be announcing the successful bids for 2 000 megawatts of emergency power. The necessary regulations have been amended and the requirements clarified for municipalities to buy power from independent power producers. Systems are being put in place to support qualifying municipalities.”

“The government will also soon be initiating the procurement of an additional 11,800 megawatts of power from renewable energy, natural gas, battery storage, and coal in line with the Integrated Resource Plan 2019.”

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