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Eskom, coal sector must collaborate to overcome challenges

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3RD OCTOBER 2018
BY: NADINE JAMES <www.engineeringnews.co.za/author.php?u_id=1167> CREAMER MEDIA WRITER
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JOHANNESBURG <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/johannesburg> ( miningweekly.com) – Power <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/power> utillity has not ruled out the possibility of introducing special tariffs for industry, Matleng Energy Solutions <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/matleng-energy-solutions> chairperson and Eskom <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/eskom> nonexecutive director *Nelisiwe Magubane <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/nelisiwe-magubane>* noted in an address at the Joburg Indaba <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/joburg-indaba> on Wednesday.
She stated, however, that, to date, the coal <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/coal> mining <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/mining> “industry has not made any guarantee that the cost of coal <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/coal> per ton would decrease as well”. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=3066__zoneid=420__cb=f9ffd46a95__oadest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.airliquide.co.za>
She said Eskom <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/eskom> had realised that increasing tariffs was not going to be sustainable <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/sustainable>, because the utility was seeing a lot of “grid-defection”.
Magubane noted that the biggest issue is cost cutting <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/cutting> and that difficult decisions would need to be made in the near future. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=4302__zoneid=647__cb=2cb5aacf44__oadest=https%3A%2F%2Finternational.go-dove.com%2Fen%2Fevent-19971>
“In 2007, Eskom <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/eskom> generated 218 000 TWh; by 2017, that had slipped to 214 000 TWh. Electricity <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/electricity> costs increased from 18 c/kWh in 2007 to 83.6 c/kWh in 2017 . . . as you can see the increase in tariffs has nothing to do with the amount of electricity <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/electricity> being sold,” Magubane noted.