Blaze breaks out at Eskom power station: Coal supply affected

Blaze breaks out at Eskom power station: Coal supply affected

Wednesday saw a fire raging at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga. Despite the damage done, Eskom says no load-shedding is expected to take place following the incident.

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A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Eskom released a statement confirming that no injuries were reported and the blaze had been extinguished:

“Eskom can confirm that a fire that started at the Majuba Power Station’s incline conveyor belt system from the rail offloading facility, at around 3pm this afternoon, was extinguished swiftly by the power station’s fire team."

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The fire has indeed impacted coal delivery to the station, with the power utility explaining:

“We will use road delivery to offset the absence of rail transportation for the duration of the recovery of the damaged infrastructure. 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."

JacarandaFM reports that Eskom has confirmed low risk of load-shedding this week, allegedly due to a decline in demand as the festive season gets underway.

An investigation will probe the cause of the blaze, but will only get underway once the station has cooled, gathered.

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