Eskom CEO sounds the alarm on power supply

2010-10-23 10:45

South Africa needed to take urgent action to ensure the security of its power supply, the head of power utility Eskom said today.

“There is no reason we can’t create affordable electricity in the country,” Brian Dames, Eskom’s chief executive, said at a ceremony to launch the Camden power station.

The Camden power station, with an installed capacity of 1 600 megawatts, is one of the three mothballed coal-fired stations the state-owned Eskom has recommissioned as part of its capacity expansion programme.

Eskom is investing heavily to build new plants to ease a strained supply that led to a near collapse of the national grid in early 2008, forcing mines and smelters to shut for days and costing South Africa billions of dollars in lost output.

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