Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
18 Oct 2019
6:05 am

Eskom doesn’t need nuclear or new coal in energy mix – experts

Amanda Watson

Coal fired power stations should be left to come to the end of their natural life, be decommissioned and replaced with newer technologies, experts agree.

A screen grab of video footage of a coal silo being overfilled, allegedly silo one at Kusile. Picture supplied.

While Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe rolls out the long-awaited Integrated Energy Resource Plan today which will set out South Africa’s energy mix for the foreseeable future, Eskom staff would have been hard at work for hours already fixing another problem at Kusile power station. Video footage of a coal silo being filled, allegedly silo one at Kusile, shows coal cascading down the side of the conveyer belt-fed silo after allegedly being overfilled. It is understood the top floor of the bunker was flooded and allegedly threatened one or more of the boilers being shut down. On Wednesday, problems with the...