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Eskom: Recovery plan to avoid load shedding working well

Eskom Acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the country is not faced with the same situation as it was in 2008 when load shedding was first implemented.

Interim Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe at a media briefing on 3 May 2018.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom insists current coal shortages cannot be compared to 10 years ago and that the recovery plan is working well to ensure there's no load shedding in winter.

Acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe briefed the media on the utility's system at Megawatt Park on Thursday, saying only six out of its 15 power stations are experiencing coal shortages; one less compared to last week.

Hadebe has dismissed claims that Eskom is on the brink of load shedding after comments made by the likes of Energy Analyst Ted Blom who claims the situation could result in power cuts - as soon as Friday.

Hadebe says the country is not faced with the same situation as it was in 2008 when load shedding was first implemented.

“We have 35 days of stock pile against 2008 when we only had the stock pile for 12 days.”

He says they are diverting excess coal to the power stations that are running low and tenders are currently being evaluated to procure coal for the next five years.

“The process of coal procurement is a bit different than say going to the shop and buying bread. The process is not as simple.”

Hadebe says despite some critics saying that Eskom is on the brink of load shedding it would take a lot before it comes to rolling blackouts.

“That problem could only take place if there are certain anomalies, whether it’s natural catastrophe or one station has huge problems and it cannot continue.”

Eskom says plans are in place to improve stockpile levels at six power stations that are below target and hopefully within the next two weeks, there will only be five power stations that are running low on coal.

WATCH: No load shedding this winter - Eskom

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