Eskom needs urgent licence for Kriel Power Station

2013-12-04 10:17

State-owned power utility Eskom is in a race against time to keep lights on as it battles to obtain a licence for the Kriel Power Station in Mpumalanga.

“We applied to the department of environmental affairs to have a licence that complies with environmental regulations and we are waiting for feedback,” spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said today.

The station has been operating outside its licensing conditions because the emissions do not comply with environmental regulations.

That has forced Eskom to apply for special permission to continue operating.

Etzinger said if the power utility did not get permission, it would be forced to make tough decisions. The current licence would expire on December 31.

“If we don’t receive relaxation, tough decisions would have to be made, and it would be a challenge that would put Eskom under severe pressure,” he said.

At present, the utility had not decided on what action it would take if the generators were shut down. Kriel contributed 3 000 megawatts to the national grid.

Its shutting down would put pressure on the power supply, with construction of the new Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Limpopo, running behind schedule.

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