No load-shedding despite Eskom running low on coal

File: Municipalities owe Eskom R17-billion.

File: Municipalities owe Eskom R17-billion. 

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has assured the public that there won't be load-shedding.

That's despite the warning that more than half of its power stations are running low on coal.

The utility says at least four stations have less than ten days in their reserves.

The constraints are partly due to the fact that the former Gupta-linked Tegeta that supplies them is under business rescue.

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Eskom plans on trucking and railing emergency stocks from as far as 400 kilometres away.

Meanwhile, the Energy Expert Coalition said the Eskom board should take accountability for the coal shortage.

Ted Blom said Eskom's emergency plan exposes how far removed the board was from reality. 

"Without experience in Eskom’s past successful strategies prior to 2001, this consultancy has zero chance of coming up with a viable future business plan," Blom said.

- Additional reporting ANA