Electricity pylons at an Eskom coal-burning power station near Sasolburg. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
Electricity pylons at an Eskom coal-burning power station near Sasolburg. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Eskom and Tegeta at loggerheads over coal, something that could leave SA in the dark.

According to leaked Eskom minutes published by amaBhungane, Tegeta is threatening to halt coal supply unless the parastatal pays more for its coal.

Added to this, Eskom says that the coal stocks at Hendrina, one of the country’s major power stations, is enough for less than 20 days.

AmaBhungane suggests that the reason for this may be that Tegeta is exporting coal instead of supplying Eskom with its full quota. The utility is reportedly scrambling to source enough coal to keep Hendrina going.

While Eskom can’t guarantee anything, the utility’s spokesman, Khulu Phasiwe, says that load-shedding is unlikely.

Phasiwe talks to Business Day TV about the details of the Tegeta supply threat and what the utility plans to do to stave off load-shedding.

Khulu Phasiwe from Eskom discusses the details of the Tegeta supply threat and what the utility plans to do to stave off load-shedding as a result.

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