Don’t rule out load shedding, Eskom warns SA

Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe says due to the low energy demand in December, the utility is planning to embark on planned maintenance.

Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe briefs the media on 16 November 2018 on the state of its coal supply and the possibility of load shedding. Picture: Kgomotso Modise/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has again warned South Africans that load shedding can’t be ruled out for the rest of the year.

The utility is currently giving an update on the state of affairs at the financially battling parastatal.

Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe says due to the low energy demand in December, the utility is planning to embark on planned maintenance.

He is, however, concerned about unplanned maintenance which now amounts to a staggering 51%.

Eskom says part of its nine-point plan to turn the troubled power utility around is to prepare for the rainy season – and its impact on coal stockpiles.

The parastatal currently has a total of 25 days of stockpile left.

“We need to prepare ourselves, and we’ve already done so, that we’re going to use more open cycle gas turbine than we’d budgeted. We need to prepare for the rain, especially with the low stockpile in most of our power stations. And we need to fix the cost of the pile,” says Hadebe.

WATCH: Eskom briefing on coal shortages

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

Source: EWN

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