South Africa 3.11.2014 01:22 pm

Minister Brown not visiting Majuba power station

The coal is fed by a double conveyor belt from the stockyard to a central silo. The central silo feeds coal into units 3 and 4 and to two other silos on either side of it that respectively feed units 1 and 2 and 5 and 6. The green arrows indicate the coal feed. Picture: Moneyweb

The coal is fed by a double conveyor belt from the stockyard to a central silo. The central silo feeds coal into units 3 and 4 and to two other silos on either side of it that respectively feed units 1 and 2 and 5 and 6. The green arrows indicate the coal feed. Picture: Moneyweb

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has not made arrangements yet to visit the site where a coal silo collapsed at Eskom’s Majuba power station on Saturday, the department said on Monday.

The incident resulted in the implementation of widespread load shedding on the weekend, with warnings that rolling blackouts may continue for the rest of the week. Power cuts hit Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth from Sunday.

The collapse saw the national power utility losing 1800 MW. The silo, which stores more than 10 000 tons of coal, cracked and affected coal supplies to all six units of the power station, Eskom said on Sunday.

Brown’s spokesperson Colin Cruywagen this morning said the minister was in Kimberley on other state commitments, but was being kept abreast of any developments on the matter.

“The minister will attend a cabinet meeting in Cape Town tomorrow. She will make a decision in the next few days on whether to visit the site for inspection or not,” said Cruywagen.

According to Cruywagen, the Public Enterprises department was not involved in the Eskom’s on-going investigation into the incident.

 

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