LEPHALALE — A media statement released by Modimolle Municipality on 12 July 2018 states that Eskom decided to haul excess coal from Medupi Power Station in Lephalale to Mpumalanga on a daily basis.
According to the statement, Eskom estimates 200 trucks to travel from Lephalale through Vaalwater and Modimolle on the R33 on a daily basis which will as a result increase traffic volume on the R33.
The anticipated commencement date, was according to the statement, Monday 16 July 2018.
Mogol Post enquired about the above on Monday 16 July to Eskom and received the following response from the Medupi Communication Department: “Eskom can confirm that it is planning to transport excess coal from Medupi to Kendal and Kusile Power Stations. Over one million tons of coal will be transported by road to both Kendal and Kusile Power Stations. This is meant to be a short-term measure until Transnet can come on board to transport the bulk of the coal. The date and logistics, which include both rail and road transportation, are still being worked on.
Details will be made public when Eskom releases its annual financial results before the end of this month.
The number of trucks is dependent on how quickly we are able to get Transnet on board as this will drastically reduce the number of trucks on the road. Eskom is still in consultation with all the relevant stakeholders, which include Transnet and the traffic departments of the towns through which the trucks will pass”.