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Implementing coal haulage and the road-to-rail migration plan

Eskom has been progressively migrating coal transport from road to rail over the past four years. Rail transport is safer, more environmentally friendly, less damaging to roads and more cost-effective than road transport by truck. The project is being implemented in partnership with Transnet Freight Rail

The Majuba heavy-haul line is the road-to-rail strategy’s flagship project. When completed, this dedicated line will be able to transport
14 million tons (Mt) of coal from Ermelo to Majuba power station each year. The site for the railroad is being established and construction on surrounding structures (cattle creeps, culverts, agricultural underpass and bridges) has begun. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Operating highlights

The volume of coal transported by rail increased by 15% compared to the previous year

Future focus areas

Continue work on the Majuba line project
Expedite the integrated logistics strategy implementation plan which includes the formation and roll-out of the implementation of the road change-over strategy
Fast track the formation of the implementation vehicle that will house skilled resources who can facilitate and assist transporters and truck drivers with other opportunities as the road-to-rail migration programme continues

Migrating coal transport from road-to-rail

Eskom transported 11.6Mt of coal by rail, meeting the 2013/14 target of 11.5Mt. This target was lower than the previous year’s 12.2Mt target to account for lower electricity demand.

Key performance indicator for migrating coal transport from road-to-rail

Indicator and unit
Target
2017/18
 
Target
2013/14
  Actual
2013/14
 
Actual
2012/13
 
Actual
2011/12
 
Target
achieved?
 
Coal haulage (road-to-rail), Mt 20.7   11.5   11.6   10.1   8.5    

Coal deliveries by rail remain a challenge due to the operational performance constraints experienced by both Eskom and Transnet Freight Rail. Operational inefficiencies were experienced across all Eskom rail services. In June 2013, the rail deliveries were affected by a series of derailments on the Transnet Freight Rail Natcor rail line.