Eskom announces Stage 2 load-shedding: Expert blasts wet coal excuse

Eskom announces Stage 2 load-shedding: Expert blasts wet coal excuse

- Eskom has announced Stage 2 load-shedding will continue on Sunday

- The power utility has revealed the reasons behind the power outages

- Energy expert Chris Yelland is not convinced, adamant that the state-owned entity has failed

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Stage 2 load-shedding will continue on Sunday according to embattled Eskom.

The power utility has blamed wet coal supplies and an increase in demand for the nationwide outages, Briefly.co.za reported.

Releasing a statement on the situation, Eskom confirmed that up to 2 000 MW will be cut from the grid on a rotational basis:

"Load-shedding is required to cater for further trips and to create capacity to replenish water reserves for our pumped storage schemes. Sufficient water and diesel reserves are necessary to limit the level of load-shedding in the coming week."

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While businesses suffer during what is meant to be one of the most profitable seasons, energy expert Chris Yelland is adamant that Eskom has failed.

"Is Eskom "too big to fail"? Like the Titanic? No. Eskom has already failed, and the question now is how to deal with an electricity utility that has failed financially, operationally and environmentally. Perhaps SAA in going into business rescue is a trial run for Eskom."

Yelland has also condemned the excuse that wet coal is to blame for the current situation:

"There are many, many countries with coal-fired power stations and climates that are FAR wetter than the South African Highveld. The problem is NOT wet coal per se, but other problems more aligned to poor management, poor maintenance, and failing plant and equipment."

While Eskom is adamant that the wet supplies have caused issues, the expert smells a rat:

"Rain happens every summer in Mpumalanga, causing wet coal. This is NOT a problem unless the coal stockpiles are close to empty (which they are not) when coal fines at the bottom of the stockpiles turn to slush. Wet coal of the proper quality coal is NOT a problem."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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