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Coal delivery impacted as fire breaks out at Majuba

On Wednesday, a fire broke out at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station on the incline conveyer belt system from the rail offloading facility. This impacts on coal delivery to the station, which was primarily done via rail.

The utility said: “We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of the recovery of the damaged infrastructure.” 

Adding: “Majuba Power Station’s coal stock is healthy at over 50 days of stock. We expect that the reclamation from the coal stock and road delivery will be adequate to sustain Majuba burn.” 

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The parastatal concluded: “We will have to wait for the facility to cool down in order to start a forensic investigation to determine the cause of the fire. Once it is safe, the investigation will commence.”

Eskom confirmed that the fire was extinguished swiftly by the power station’s fire team and no injuries were sustained. 

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.