The diesel needed to fire up Eskom's open-cycle gas turbines was aboard a ship in Mossel Bay harbour queuing to offload when the turbines ran out of fuel on Monday. The diesel-fired turbines are essential to close the power gap and avoid or minimise load-shedding. The diesel shortage forced the country into stage-four load shedding of 4,000MW on Monday, the largest load Eskom has had to drop to keep the grid stable. Eskom said on Thursday that Petrosa, owner of the tanks into which the diesel is pumped, had given an assurance that the diesel would be available on Monday. But on Monday it was still queuing in the harbour as another ship offloaded petroleum into the Petrosa tank. Andrew Etzinger, Eskom’s acting head of generation, said that while diesel had run extremely low on Monday and Tuesday, diesel supplies had now been fully replenished. “We are now in good shape with diesel which, once it is offloaded, is pumped into the pipeline, which happens very quickly,” he said. Petrosa ...

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