Chimney Collapses at South African Utility’s Unfinished $13 Billion Power Plant

Power station

The power station has been dogged by cost overruns, defects, corruption and labor strife, and their completion has run years behind schedule.

November 21, 2022
Paul Burkhardt - Bloomberg

South Africa’s newest coal-fired power plant, which has been under construction since 2008 and will cost an estimated 232 billion rand ($12.7 billion), shut one of its six generating units after a duct collapsed.

The unit at the Kusile plant could remain offline “for a few months” although a clearer estimate will be known over coming weeks, state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said in a statement late Wednesday. The outage comes as the country endures record blackouts -- locally known as loadshedding.

The duct appeared to have sheared off from the unit’s main structure, a photo posted on Twitter by Anton Eberhard, a professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, showed. 


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