South Africa: Medupi Magic Fails Eskom - and South Africa


Following major problems that brought Eskom's Medupi power station to its knees during the height of the load shedding last week, Medupi power station manager Rudi van der Walt is leaving Eskom to take up a position overseas.

Medupi power station manager Rudi van der Walt had resigned before the mess started, and was due to leave in about two weeks. But after the mess began he was made to step aside and was replaced before his pending departure.

Other staff at Medupi have been dismissed by Eskom's head of generation, Bheki Nxumalo for negligence, in what Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer calls "consequence management" following a number of major problems at Medupi that contributed to the load shedding last week.

Additional problems at Medupi power station have now been identified that have not been previously disclosed to the public by Eskom's management, while Medupi and Kusile are emerging as major threats to the adequacy of the power system to meet demand in South Africa.

For some time, the stackers that load coal from Exxaro's Grootegeluk mine on to the stockpiles at the Medupi stockyard, and the reclaimers that take coal from the stockpiles to feed coal by conveyor to the...

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