Monday, 20 March 2017: Eskom is pleased to announce that the construction of a permanent
coal-handling solution for the Majuba power station has been completed,
including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of Silos 10 and 30, lift
shaft, two piers and the coal conveyor system.
Eskom’s Group Executive for Group Capital Abram
Masango said: “We commend the various teams for diligently working round the
clock to ensure that work on the damaged silo was completed seamlessly and
within the set timeframes. It is no wonder that the project’s interim solution
won the Eskom Group Capital Best Project of the Year 2015 award. The completion
of the project will go a long way in ensuring a reliable electricity supply to
enable economic growth.”
On 1 November 2014 an incident occurred at Majuba
where the wall of Coal Silo 20 collapsed. Due to the structural failure of the
coal silo and the associated conveying infrastructure, no coal supply to any of
the station’s three silos was possible.
To enable coal supply to the station, an immediate solution
was executed within five days after the collapse of the silo. The immediate
solution entailed installation of mobile feeders on Silos 10 and 30 boiler
incline to make it possible to supply coal to the units. The solution ensured
that at least four out of the six boiler incline conveyors could supply coal to
To ensure coal supply to all six units at the power
station, an interim solution was put in place from 1 March 2015 that involved
the construction of a conveyor system that bypassed the coal silos and provided
a reliable coal supply to all six units.
Construction work for the permanent coal-handling
solution commenced at the beginning of February 2016 and was concluded by
end-December 2016. The scope for the permanent coal handling solution included
the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of Silos 10 and 30, lift shaft,
two piers and the coal conveyor system.