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Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages


Creamer Media Reporter
The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss. Eskom has indicated that, currently, 10 of its 15 coal-fired power stations have less than 20 days of coal stock levels available to them. Of the ten understocked stations, four  –Arnot, Hendrina, Kriel and Tutuka, all in Mpumalanga – have coal stock levels of less than ten days, says Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe.

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