NEWS ANALYSIS: Election politics leave drained Eskom flickering

The ANC faces a backlash from unions if it implements asset restructuring and retrenchment process at the power utility 

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How Eskom hopes to get ahead of coal supply crunch

Overall stockpiles are slowly rising with reserves up to 28 days and on track to exceed 32 days by the end of the financial year

ABB and Hitachi close in on power grid business deal

Hitachi's board confirms a plan to go ahead with the deal, which would be the Japanese group’s largest acquisition, says the Nikkei

NEELS BLOM: The dark tower of despair that is Eskom

Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza wants a government bailout and he wants South Africans to allow Eskom to do business as it pleases

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Group Five and Cenpower contract dispute takes new twist

Just days after terminating its contract with Group Five, the Ghanaian company is now demanding $60.5m to finish work on its much-disputed power plant

Eskom wants state to take on R100bn debt

The plan would add two percentage points to debt-to-GDP ratio and is likely to be seen as negative by ratings agencies

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Eskom wants R100bn debt relief from state to keep lights on

The plan would add 2% to debt-to-GDP ratio and is likely to be seen as negative by ratings agencies

SA neglects concentrated solar power at its peril, company MD says

The energy department’s draft Integrated Resource Plan favours renewable power and gas in line with a least-cost model

Norway’s Equinor to start talks with Tanzania over gas project

The energy firm, formerly known as Statoil, says  Tanzanian President John Magufuli has asked his government to proceed with negotiations

Ghanaian power firm ends troubled contract with Group Five

Cenpower Generation terminates project for SA construction firm to complete the $410m Kpone power station in Ghana

Eskom’s management and governance remains weak, S&P warns

The credit agency's decision to hold Eskom at its seventh tier of junk with negative outlook came shortly before the utility escalated load-shedding from stage ...

WATCH: More bad news from Eskom

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim talks to Business Day TV about the embattled state-owned enterprise’s interim results

Maintenance spending on power plants slashed, says Eskom

This has resulted in the energy availability factor  falling considerably—  and will take a full two years to restore plants to working order

Eskom plant repairs will take two years just to get to ‘acceptable’ levels

Eskom’s Jan Oberholzer says he expects plant performance to deteriorate further from its level of 74%, which is notably lower than in 2017, when it was 79%

Sasol sheds 5% after trading update falls short of expectations

Investors expected higher oil prices and a weaker rand to provide a bigger boost to the coal-to-liquid fuel producer 

Coal power can clean up its act, Fossil Fuel Foundation says

New technologies can reduce toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants — and could even extend the life of Eskom’s fleet

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