Eskom shuts power plant after warning ash dam may collapse

The 1 600-megawatt power plant will be closed for up to three months.
Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, said it has temporarily closed its Camden power plant because the dam where it stores the ash from burning coal could burst and endanger local residents.

The 1 600-megawatt power plant will be closed for up to three months after a “review by a professional body,” Eskom said in a statement.

“The contractor concluded that the current dam has reached its maximum height and therefore it poses a safety risk to all personnel on site, including neighbouring communities and could also be a cause for environmental contravention,” the utility said.

The closure adds to the environmental challenges faced by the company, which produces almost all of South Africa’s power. Eskom also faces the potential partial closure of its Kendal power plant because it breaches pollution emission limits.

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Did the consultant also have a proposal ready for fixing the dam?

But anyway, this should not cause loadshredding as the ANC is keeping the economy on its knees for months to come.

The ‘consultant’ is someone’s family member (you know what I mean

The ‘consultant’ is someone’s family member (you know what I mean

Typical ESKOM and cANCer way of doing things.
There is no such thing as planning ahead. Surely they should have been aware of this impending risk months or even years ago when something like this could have been avoided and alternative solutions could have been put in place? (In good time)

This should be too embarrassing to publish.
What will happen when the muppets suddenly realize the nuclear waste at Koeberg is about to overflow?

What contribution is Camden PS making to the power supply? While it may be rated at 1600MW is it actually supplying that? It is one of Eskom’s oldest plants.

Agree
In an ideal world it would have been mothballed and the capacity replaced by renewables.
But we have criminal communist muppets trying to line their own pockets with every decision they make.

He he! EKSDOM run by the cANCer dudes. Viva Zim 2.0

It is now time for Eskom to shut down its oldest, pollution-spewing power stations. Keep a couple of the better ones in operation for night baseload power. And open the door to renewable power, which we have aplenty and which now provides energy at lower costs than coal. The old Communist-style system of one central govt institution supplying ALL the power for the whole nation has clearly passed its sell-by-date now.

I rather suspect (well, I sort of know) that they (Eskom) have been faffing around with various types of blundering BEE slanted tenders for this repair work for some time. The original report, although by well respected consultants and no doubt very expensive, is a bit of a scaremonger (IMHO) as well. No one I have encountered at Eskom probably knew even which way up to hold it, let alone make sensible decisions.

Hopefully, an competent geotechnical-civil engineer will be asked to solve the problem.

Agreed but you have to get this person from overseas as he/ she probably emigrated yonks ago.

Been done by a high end one, recommendations made; just need implementation.

I wonder if the amount of ash produced substantially increased after ESKOM started using poor quality coal provided by ANC cadres at inflated prices and this contributed to the problem? But, in any event, the economy is not going to recover to its pre- lockdown levels for at least a year – shut this polluting dinosaur down and ramp up the introduction of recyclable power producers into the grid.

I wonder if the amount of ash produced substantially increased after ESKOM started using poor quality coal? But, in any event, the economy is not going to recover to its pre-lockdown levels for at least a year – shut this polluting dinosaur down and ramp up the introduction of renewable power producers into the grid.

I admire your optimism. I would say 5 years to probably never

Never in a year – far too optimistic!

And how exactly would the ash build-up be tackled by our PV-Solar plants, or by our wind farms?

(…imaginary trucks loading imaginary ash.)

The correct terminology is virtual ash 🙂

Well, those ventilators do no work without electricity. So, simply extend lockdown. If lockdown was supposed to give the Department of Health some time to get beds and ventilators, then lockdown will give the Dept. of minerals and Energy, enough time to remove the ash. These shortages and emergencies are the results of ANC incompetence and criminality, so they can solve their self-inflicted disasters by putting the economy in permanent lockdown, which in effect, they have done already.

The only lives that will be saved by lockdown, are the political lives of those pathetic cadres who are a liability for the country.

This must be what was meant by a “new dawn.”
A new dawn indeed. Where Eskom news doesn’t make it onto the front page and a mention of trouble phrased into the sum of 3 paragraphs, I agree. The dawn, eish, it must be here!

For sure- we’ve hit Ramaphosa’s New Dawn with a bang!

Cant wait for the new City and Bullet Trains !!!
The Bullets will come well before the train !!!

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