“Diesel price R102 million was used to keep away from a complete blackout between Thursday [June 14] and Saturday [June 16] final week. Diesel turbines had been constructed to help Eskom throughout emergency conditions, and the strike was definitely a type of conditions,” Phasiwe mentioned.
He wasn’t capable of say precisely how a lot diesel gas was consumed over these days.
The present value of diesel is R14.19 a litre, so R102 million would have purchased virtually 7.2 million litres of diesel.
Nevertheless, Phasiwe mentioned Eskom buys diesel in bulk at vastly discounted charges. This implies the quantity consumed would have been better than 7.2 million litres.
On Wednesday, Eskom once more resorted to utilizing emergency diesel-consuming peaking energy vegetation as a result of paper-thin steadiness between energy demand and provide, mentioned Phasiwe.
The 2 vegetation that might have been operated had been the Ankerlig open cycle fuel turbine in Atlantis, within the Western Cape, and the Gourikwa fuel energy station, close to Mossel Bay, he mentioned.
Phasiwe mentioned 18 folks have been arrested, largely for alleged intimidation and blockading the entrances at Eskom energy stations, in the course of the strike.
He mentioned South Africa would stay “very susceptible” to Eskom energy cuts till at the least subsequent Wednesday because the provider recovers from the strike.
“The danger of load shedding will all the time be there. Till June 27, the system goes to be constrained as our machines get better from the strike. We aren’t out of the woods.”
So long as the 2 new coal-fired energy stations, Medupi and Kusile, had been nonetheless being constructed, load shedding would stay a threat, and this threat would in all probability lengthen for the following 5 years.
Different dangers that would see Eskom resort to energy cuts can be the elevated demand for energy throughout winter, and low coal shares at Eskom energy stations.
The toughest hit energy stations in the course of the industrial motion had been Arnot and Hendrina as these stations had been abandoned by the Eskom workforce.
In the meanwhile six energy stations have coal inventory piles for lower than the required 20 days: Arnot, Tutuka, Majuba, Hendrina, Camden and Kriel.
Phasiwe declined to say precisely how a lot coal the six stations had on web site.
Eskom was within the means of procuring three million tons of additional coal for winter, when the demand for vitality is larger than at hotter instances of the 12 months.
Phasiwe mentioned negotiations with coal suppliers about offering further coal had been proving “difficult”, particularly in the case of the pricing of the coal because the suppliers had been searching for a major premium.
Talking about Exxaro’s North Block Advanced, which primarily provides the Arnot energy station, Phasiwe mentioned Eskom was “on the verge of resolving’” the matter.
The advanced has been dealing with a neighborhood blockage that has stopped truck drivers from transferring coal from the mine to Eskom energy stations.
Eskom truck drivers haven’t collected coal since Might 24 as a result of native residents have allegedly been threatening them.
In 2017, the advanced equipped virtually 2.5 million tons of coal to Eskom, and at that price about 200 000 tons of coal would have been stockpiled on the advanced over the previous month as a result of blockage.
This week Eskom provided its three main unions a wage enhance of 4.7% for 2018 and an inflation-based enhance for the three years from 2019 to 2021.
The unions made Eskom a counteroffer, which the facility utility will reply to when wage talks resume on Wednesday.
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