A fire broke out at the Majuba Power Station, situated between Volksrust and Amersfoort, on Wednesday, December 18.
In a statement from Eskom, the fire allegedly started at approximately 3 pm; on the incline conveyor belt system from the rail offloading facility.
While the fire was extinguished, Eskom explains the incident does impact its 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. 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,” Eskom claims in its statement.
A forensic investigation will now be conducted to determine the cause of the fire.
Despite the damages, Eskom does not expect to have to implement load shedding. This is allegedly due to a drop in electricity demand over the holiday period.
Furthermore, the power utility claims the likelihood of power cuts for the remainder of the week is also low.