Posts tagged as coal

Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

The myth of “clean coal”: Why coal can only ever be dirty

“Clean coal” is sometimes promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation. But there is no such thing as “clean coal”. South Africa is the biggest coal producer in Africa. Over the past 10 years alone, South Africa has produced an average of 254-million tons of […]

Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat

International and local efforts to restrict funding for construction of new coal-fired power plants are gaining momentum, and threatening financial closure of the planned two new coal independent power producer projects in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. In the latest development, it has been reliably learned that last week Standard Bank advised the director general […]

Eskom’s anticipated long-term strategic recovery plan delayed

Eskom says its long-term strategic recovery plan will be published later than originally announced. This state-owned power utility – the largest in Africa and for many years the model for and envy of many international power companies – is virtually broke. It is in so much debt that servicing that debt is eroding any profit […]

The coal crisis at Eskom worsens…

Information being received by EE Publishers indicates that the coal crisis at Eskom is worsening, with at least four and possibly more of Eskom’s 15 coal-fired power stations now having less than ten days of coal at hand on their stockpiles. Eskom has advised EE Publishers that it requires an additional 1,3-million tons of coal […]

Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA

South Africa is highly coal and energy intensive, and has an economy characterised by extremely high levels of inequality and poverty (with more than half of the population living in poverty). In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away from a coal-intensive energy system and […]

Addressing SA’s electrical supply challenges

The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) conducted a two-day seminar recently on the problems confronting the electrical supply industry in South Africa as a whole and Eskom’s coal‐fired power stations in particular. I came away with the impression that the problem is indeed very serious with many commentators warning that the problems surrounding Eskom have the […]