Eskom lost 200MW when one unit at Grootvlei Power Station caught fire yesterday morning, the utility reports in its latest system status bulletin.

The Grootvlei Emergency Response Team reacted swiftly and extinguished the fire before it could cause severe damage to the unit.

Unit to be kept off-load

Eskom says the unit will be kept off-load until the root cause of the incident has been identified and repairs effected.

Koeberg Unit 2 is currently being returned to service, and is almost at full capacity. The unit was shut down on 23 March 2014 for a scheduled refuelling, inspection and maintenance outage.

System is stable, but tight

“The system is stable, but still tight for tonight over the evening peak, and is expected to remain tight over the evening peaks for the next few days due to higher demand with the colder weather conditions,” says Eskom.

The utility continues with its planned maintenance schedule, but is scaling this down in preparation for winter, while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure to an already tight system.

“We request all electricity customers to save at least 10% of their electricity usage and sustain these savings,” reiterates Eskom.