No power interruption following Eskom fire

Friday, December 8, 2017

There has been no impact on the supply of electricity as a result of a conveyor belt fire at the Kendal power station in Mpumalanga, said Eskom on Friday.

In a statement, the power utility announced that the fire was detected in an area around the two conveyer belts that supply coal to the power station.

Eskom said while the fire has been successfully put out, visible damage was observed on the one conveyor belt.

“As a precautionary measure, the other conveyor belt will be inspected for damage before being put back into service,” said Acting Group Executive for Generation Willy Majola.

He thanked the multidisciplinary teams who worked hand-in-hand with the fire and emergency response teams to ensure that the fire was swiftly put out.

Majola said there is no impact on the supply of electricity as a result of the conveyor belt fire.

“In addition, the station has already employed two mobile feeders to augment coal supply while reclaiming from the station’s healthy coal stock pile to ensure continuous generation of electricity,” Majola said. 

Preliminary investigations indicate that it will take about two weeks to get the conveyor belt back into service. However, this will be confirmed in due course. -

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