CAPE TOWN – Eskom is pursuing urgent coal purchasing from current suppliers and those suppliers that are not currently contracted to Eskom as the stockpile at its power stations dwindle, forcing the state-owned entity to resort to burning diesel.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, responding to questions from Business Report, said the power utility had secured 14 new coal contracts in September and October and some were for Majuba Power Station.
“Additional coal contracts are in the pipeline to be concluded between this year and March 2019, three of which should be concluded before the second week of December,” Phasiwe said on Monday.
This after the Johannesburg High Court has dismissed the power utility’s application to urgently interdict Kuyasa to resume contractual coal supply to Majuba in Mpumalanga.
Kuyasa supplies 140Kt of coal per month to Majuba, which is one of the stations that are below minimum level. The other affected power stations are: Arnot, Camden, Duvha, Hendrina, Komati, Kriel, Kendal, Matla, Tutuka and Kusile.