Photo’s have emerged on social media of the supposed cracked silo at the Majuba Power Station that show the silo has actually collapsed.
Eskom said in an earlier statement that a crack in a coal storage silo caused the loss of 1800MW.
The power shortage is expected to last the entire week and blackouts will happen between 8am and 10pm.
“The silo, which stores over 10,000 tons of coal, cracked on Saturday afternoon, and this affected coal supplies to all six units at the power station,” said the statement.
However this picture shows the silo has actually collapsed and will surely have a serious impact on power supply and lead to extended loadshedding in South Africa.
Majuba has three 665 MW dry-cooled units and three 716 MW wet-cooled units with a total installed capacity of 4 110MW, with a confirmed 1 800MW already lost to the national grid.
South Africa’s economy is heavily dependent on coal, as it accounts for more than 70% of the country’s energy consumption.