Company spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said yesterday that Eskom had approached the Treasury at the end of last month for the emergency contract as the company relies on Ankerlig and Gourikwa to mitigate the impact of load shedding.
“We are using the turbines to limit the extent of load shedding. Had it not been for the contract we would have had a deeper level of load shedding,” Phasiwe said.
A Treasury spokesperson confirmed the contract, saying: “The deviation was supported and communicated to Eskom on November 30.”
Eskom has spent R839million as at September and was expecting to pay an additional R700m by next March on diesel, it said last month. The company also said the Treasury had approved the urgent procurement of 4million tons of emergency coal to help address stock shortfalls at its coal-fired power stations.