Eskom warns of a dark festive

By Drum Digital
07 December 2013

More blackouts are looming. Eskom says it may be forced to partially or fully shut down its Kriel power station in Mpumalanga if its licence conditions are not relaxed.

Eskom has been operating outside its licencing conditions because the emissions at the coal-fired Kriel power station do not comply with environmental regulations.

Eskom says it's holding discussions with the Department of Environmental Affairs on the matter. Kriel contributes some 3000 megawatts to the national grid.

Eskom has to replace old technology at the coal-fired power station to meet the new emissions provisions - but the power utility says it needs time to comply. The current licence expires on the 31st of December.

Eskom says if no agreement is reached before then, it may be forced to partially or fully shutdown the power station. This will have serious repercussions for the country.

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