Eskom: Kendal Unit 1 Catches Fire

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  • South Africa’s state owned energy utility, Eskom has reported that Kendal Power Station’s Unit 1 tripped in the early hours of this morning due to a failure of the generator transformer which caught fire.
  • The fire damaged the cables to the main cooling water system on the west side of the power station. 
  • Unit 2 and Unit 3 experienced loss of vacuum and were shut down under controlled conditions.

All personnel who were on site were evacuated safely withno injuries sustained during this unfortunate incident. Further investigations will be conducted to determine the root cause of the generator transformer fire.

Kendal units 2 and 3 will be returned to service during the week.

The internal hydrogen explosion within the 800 MW generator of Unit 4 at Medupi Power Station has been destroyed. Image credit: Chris Yelland – Twitter @chrisyelland

Last month, Eskom experienced a hydrogen explosion at Medupi Power Station. Read more

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