[WATCH] Fire at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station

[WATCH] Fire at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station

Eskom says it does not expect to roll out load shedding on Thursday, despite a fire at its Majuba Power Station.

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The struggling power utility says the fire erupted at a conveyor belt at the station in Mpumalanga.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Eskom says the fire was extinguished and there were no injuries.

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

However, Eskom warns the incident does impact on it’s coal delivery to Majuba Power Station.

“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,” confirms Eskom.

Eskom earlier said the likelihood of load shedding for the rest of the week is low, due to a decline in demand over the holiday period.

In the meantime, a forensic investigation into the cause of the fire will only be able to get underway once the Majuba Power Station has cooled down.


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