Eskom defends coal supply amid questions
ESKOM is adamant that its coal supplies are under control despite reports that there are alarming coal supply problems at numerous Eskom coalfired power stations in Mpumalanga.
Reports by energy expert Chris Yelland claim that the situation has become so serious that Eskom’s primary energy division has recommended that a coal supply emergency be declared.
Eskom yesterday told the New Age that stockpiles at seven power stations were low and additional coal contracts for all these stations were being concluded to add to the supply.
Yelland maintains that despite this response, no answer has been given about how many days of usable coal is presently available in the power stations’ stockyards.
“The reports indicate that the coal presently in the Matla stockyard is in fact unusable,” Yelland said.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told the New Age that Yelland was trying to create the impression that Eskom was incapable of sourcing enough coal, which is untrue.
Ronald Chauke, Outa energy portfolio manager, said that the organisation was concerned about reports of coal supply problems at Eskom, while the utility is busy applying for R66.6bn in its RCA claw-back from the public due to previous mismanagement of the entity, including coal contracts.