Eskom finds second act of sabotage at Tutuka as air pipe is cut. On Monday, December 23, 2019, emissions rise from the cooling towers of the Tutuka coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Eskom acknowledged new sabotage at its Tutuka Power Station in Standerton in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
News reported earlier in the day that a warming valve cable was severed with a grinder over the weekend. READ | 'Sabotage is genuine in Eskom' - a key cable at Tutuka power station was severed by someone with inside knowledge.
The act was conducted just outside the view of the CCTV cameras, according to Eskom spokeswoman Sikonathi Mantshantsha, obviously by someone internal who knows very well that the camera around the region is not facing this precise place.
It was also recognized that individuals without clearance to visit the plant could not enter the location where the cable was cut.
The police have been given a list of all employees who were on duty at the time of the occurrence. The cable damage resulted in a three-day delay in the unit's return to service due to the time it needed to find the fault," Eskom said in a statement on Thursday.
It also discovered another alleged act of sabotage: the control air pipe serving Tutuka's Unit 5 Turbine systems had been cut with a power tool and the complete bend had been removed. The air pressure at the station's station control dropped as a result of this.
The pipe was welded to restore air pressure, and the unit should be back in service later on Thursday.
On Thursday, Eskom stated, Eskom believes these were planned acts of sabotage by someone who had access to the site where only personnel have access and is familiar with the security mechanisms in the area.
Eskom has filed criminal charges with the police and is aiding the inquiry with its forensic team. This is Eskom's fifth sabotage attempt since March 2021.
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