South Africa’s cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Monday the risk of nation-wide electricity outages had increased significantly due to a sharp fall in coal stockpiles at five of its power stations.
“The risk of load-shedding is there and its rising,” said Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe.
“In total, we have 11 coal-fired power stations that have less than the required minimum amount of 20 days stockpile. Out of the 11, five of them have less than 10 days of coal stock and that is the challenge.”
UPDATE: There are currently 8 Eskom power stations with less than 20 days of coal stockpiles. If you add Komati power station, the number rises to 9. Komati is usually excluded from the 20-day prescribed minimum stock days because its coal stockyard has a max capacity of 10 days pic.twitter.com/pfQOXlYgTQ
— Eskom Spokesperson (@KhuluPhasiwe) September 17, 2018