Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns 16th November 2018 BY: TERENCE CREAMER <m.engineeringnews.co.za/author.php?u_id=13> CREAMER MEDIA EDITOR [image: Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe] *Photo by:* Dylan Slater Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe
South Africa’s power utility Eskom reports that it has received approval from the National Treasury for the “urgent procurement” of four-million tons of emergency coal to help address serious stock shortfalls at several of its 15 coal-fired power stations.
More than 1.1-million tons have already been secured and the first emergency coal will be delivered in December. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=4591__zoneid=874__cb=68b68c8c64__oadest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wits.ac.za%2Fapplications%2F>
Ten Eskom stations currently have coal stockholdings below the 20-days stipulated by South Africa’s Grid Code, while five have less than ten days of stock.
Eskom CEO *Phakamani Hadebe*says that, should the emergency procurement plan succeed, all stations will recover to “healthy” stock levels by the end of March 2019, by when the system could have stocks of over 36 days. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=4389__zoneid=79__cb=36606baa7f__oadest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.engineeringnews.co.za%2Fpage%2Fsafm>
The emergency procurement plan is additional to the short-term coal stock recovery initiative announced earlier in the year, when it first emerged that Eskom was running short of coal.
Stock levels have declined precipitously since October 2017, when coal stocks across the Eskom system were above 40 days. The rapid depletion coincided with a decline in supplies from Tegeta, a company previously owned by the Gupta family and which is in business rescue.
Hadebe says 27 new coal contracts have been concluded between January 2018 and October 2018 for the supply of 15.8-million tons in the current financial year.