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'It was just opened': Medupi explosion sparks fears online

10 August 2021 - 13:20 By cebelihle bhengu
Eskom confirmed there was an explosion at Medupi power station's Unit 4 generator on Sunday evening. File image.
Eskom confirmed there was an explosion at Medupi power station's Unit 4 generator on Sunday evening. File image.
Image: MAKWENA MANAMELA

Reports of an explosion at Eskom's Medupi power station have been met with shock online, as scores questioned whether this will result in power outages.

The power utility on Monday announced there had been an explosion at Medupi's Unit 4 generator on Sunday night.

Eskom has so far given no indication of whether there will be power interruptions as a result of the blast. 

It said though there were no injuries, seven employees were being treated for shock.

β€œThe incident occurred during the activity to displace hydrogen with carbon dioxide and air respectively, for the purpose of finding an external leak.

β€œFollowing the power station preliminary investigation, it appears that while performing this activity, air was introduced into the generator at a point where hydrogen was still present in the generator at sufficient quantities to create an explosive mixture, which ignited and resulted in the explosion,” said Eskom

The power utility said staff responsible for this task were put on precautionary suspension pending an internal investigation. 

Here's what social media users had to say about the incident: 


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