Eskom Unsure If Fire At Majuba Might Result To Load Shedding For Two Months

It said the fire broke out on the incline conveyor belt system from the rail offloading facility, adding that it affected coal delivery to the Majuba station.

Eskom Unsure If Fire At Majuba Might Result To Load Shedding For Two Months-Surge Zirc SA
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On Wednesday a very large fire broke at one of Eskom ‘s largest plants, Majuba Power Plant located in Mpumalanga.

The experts have assured that it will take up to two months to revive the damages. However, they are uncertain if this might result in load-shedding.

“We don’t foresee that this will result in load-shedding,” energy expert Chris Yellend said.

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Yallend further said that the time frame to fix the damages will rely on the extent of the structural steel damage, it might take about a month or two.

In a statement given the embattled power utility said that the fire started around 3 pm but they managed to dose it off quickly.

It said the fire broke out on the incline conveyor belt system from the rail offloading facility, adding that it affected coal delivery to the Majuba station.

Eskom further stated days it had sufficient coal on hand which can be used for approximately 50 days.

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He said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire.

Eskom said a forensic investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire.

“The incident does impact on our coal delivery to Majuba Power Station, which was primarily done via rail. We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of the recovery of the damaged infrastructure,” its statement read. “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.”

“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.”

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