Energy expert explains how corruption is root of the problem at Eskom

Energy expert explains how corruption is root of the problem at Eskom

- Energy expert Ted Blom has weighed in on the developments at Eskom

- Blom insists that corruption at the state-owned entity is to blame

- In Blom's opinion, it could take over a week for the outages to be reduced to lower stages

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Energy expert Ted Blom has given his views on the current Eskom situation and didn't mince his words.

Briefly.co.za reported that Stage 6 load-shedding has been implemented as the embattled utility attempts to stabilise the grid.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured citizens that the progress made would soon be evident, Blom says corruption is at play.

Speaking to JacarandaFM, Blom explained that fine coal, which should only consist of less than 10% of Eskom's deposit, has a large part to play.

The cheaper product, which negatively impacts generation systems, is being substituted for its more expensive counterpart.

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This has resulted in mechanical issues as the nation is experiencing heavy rainfall in many regions.

Earlier reports had indicated wet coal had been contributing to Eskom's troubles, with experts questioning the validity of the excuse.

Blom, a senior energy and mining and commodities strategist, says that if fine coal is being used this excuse holds more weight.

As far as hopes of restoring the grid to normal, Blom says that it could take more than a week to repair the damage done, seeing the outages reduced to Stage 1 or 2.

However, the expert cautioned that it would take much longer to stabilise the embattled power utility entirely.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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