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.
Coal conveyor and silo at the Majuba power station of South Africa’s national utility @Eskom_SA on fire. Someone tell me how this is possible. Sabotage? Latest: fire now extinguished pic.twitter.com/6GyA6FZ8HW— Anton Eberhard (@AntonEberhard) December 18, 2019
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.
Eskom says the fire that erupted at its Majuba power station in Mpumalanga yesterday afternoon will not affect the national grid. It has since been extinguished and no injuries have been reported #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/U86tG4DoAl— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) December 19, 2019