Eskom has coal shortages at 10 power plants

17 September 2018 - 10:46 By Reuters
Eskom's Hendrina Power plant. File photo
Eskom's Hendrina Power plant. File photo
Image: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Power utility Eskom said on Monday that it had less than 20 days of coal supplies at 10 of its 15 coal-fired power stations, posing a threat to national power supplies.

"Out of our 15 coal-fired power stations, 10 of them have less than 20 days. Clearly this is contrary to what the regulator has prescribed," Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.

Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90 percent of its power and is one of its most indebted state firms.  

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