Explosion at Medupi

Eskom has issued a statement saying there was an explosion at Medupi Power Station on Sunday night which caused Unit 5 to trip.

The explosion took place at 22:50 on the Unit 4 generator at Medupi, Eskom said.

No injuries have been reported, and all employees and contractors have been accounted for.

“Emergency services attended to seven colleagues requiring treatment for shock,” Eskom said.

Eskom said it would continue to support the employees who might have been affected by the incident through its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Unit 4 was on a short-term outage since 6 August when the incident occurred. All work on the unit was suspended with immediate effect.

This included the suspension of all permits to work on the plant until further notice.

The area was secured, and once the Fire Chief and resident engineers have cleared it, inspections and assessments will begin to determine the cause of the incident and the extent of the damage caused.

Preparation for the return to service of Medupi Unit 5 is currently in progress.

“Investigations are underway into the cause of the incident, and Eskom will update the public on developments, as well as to what extent this unfortunate incident will impact the national electricity grid,” Eskom said.

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