Activists storm Eskom plant

2011-11-07 07:21
Johannesburg - Greenpeace activists protested an Eskom coal-fired power station on Monday, stopping work at the construction site.

The environmental activist group believes South Africa does not need the plant and should use alternative energies.

Greenpeace spokesperson Fiona Musana says the protest started early on Monday with activists locking the gates of the construction site. She added that six activists then climbed pillars at the site, and plan to spend the night on the pillars.

Musana says "construction of this place should stop now".

Eskom says it needs Kusile, expected to be completed in 2016, and another coal plant under construction because of rising electricity demand.

The state-owned utility also has renewable projects planned.

Coal electricity plants are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions by South Africa, which hosts climate change talks later this year in Durban.

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