May 23, 2017

South Africa’s power utility completes construction of coal recovery silo

Majuba Power Station

South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom, has announced the completion of a permanent coal-handling solution for the Majuba Power Station.

The main areas of the project were: the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of the Silos 10 and 30, lift shaft , two piers and the coal conveyor system.

Eskom’s Group Executive for Group Capital, Abram Masango, commented on the project:  “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.”

The Majuba coal-fired plant suffered damage to one of its silo, which cracked and collapsed, and associated conveying infrastructure.  The damage to the coal silo halted supply to any the station’s three silos.

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.

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