MRS steps in to restore breakdown at coal mining operation during lockdown

Just as South Africa prepared to go into lockdown at midnight on March 26 Mines and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, said in a Government briefing that energy supply was critical to the economy. “The supply of fuel and supply of coal to Eskom and liquid fuel production are critical in this period,” said Mantashe.

When the coal mining operation of a Mpumalanga coal mine suddenly experienced a critical breakdown they called upon MRS as their supplier of choice to attend to the emergency, knowing the service will be provided within the shortest turnaround time without compromising its very high level of quality and support.

As an Essential Services goods supplier, MRS was called upon to supply a KSB end suction pump with custom trimmed impeller supplying water essential to the coal washing process at its client’s operation. Depending on its quality, coal needs to be washed with water to eliminate sulfur and impurities before it can be burned in a power plant. Coal washing, or coal beneficiation, is widely seen as an efficient method for getting the most from coal.

As the pump suffered a breakdown due to bearing failure and subsequent impeller damage, MRS used its experience in ensuring that the pump and custom trimmed impeller matched their client’s needs.