Medupi and Kusile performing worse than some of Eskom's older power stations

2019-12-10 18:11

The multi-billion rand mega power stations Eskom commissioned in 2007, Medupi and Kusile, should take a large portion of the blame for the power utility's failure to keep the country supplied with electricity.

Eskom maintains Medupi, Kusile construction budgets are correct

2019-09-03 05:00

Eskom told Fin24 that the figures presented to Scopa were approved project budgets and not estimated costs, and that the budgets did not include interest during construction.

Eskom CEO's exit: No coincidence Hadebe resigned now, says energy analyst

2019-05-24 22:24

It is no coincidence that Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has decided to resign at this point in time, energy analyst Chris Yelland tells Fin24.

Eskom finance head on debt, prices, bailouts and unbundling

2019-02-11 06:55

EE Publishers’ investigative editor and managing director, Chris Yelland, caught up with Eskom’s new chief financial officer Calib Cassim after the State of the Nation Address for in in-depth interview.

Chris Yelland: Managing hopes and fears around restructuring Eskom

2019-02-05 19:15

There has been much media speculation on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. President Cyril Ramaphosa will likely shed some light in this regard in the SONA on Thursday.

How to deal with Eskom's ever-rising electricity tariffs

2019-01-19 08:30

Eskom has applied to Nersa for a 15% tariff increase from 1 April 2019 for three consecutive years compounded, on top of a 4,5% RCA price increase already awarded, and further RCA applications in the pipeline.

Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa may be under threat

2018-09-26 10:41

International and local efforts to restrict funding for the construction of new coal-fired power plants appear to be gaining momentum.

Eskom coal supply woes may be worse than before 2008 load shedding, reports show

2018-04-16 14:52

Fresh coal supply reports suggest that the power utility's current coal supply problems are as serious, if not worse, than shortly before the load shedding of 2008, writes Chris Yelland.

Fifty actions that could fix Eskom and industry mess

2018-02-09 11:53

When the dust settles and reality sinks in, what could and should Eskom and government do to regain the confidence of the financial community? Energy expert Chris Yelland lists 50 ways to do this.

Key issues that Eskom is simply not ready to acknowledge publicly yet

2017-09-29 06:46

It's now approaching 100 days since the appointment of Johnny Dladla as Eskom interim CEO and still SA is waiting for him to show his hand.


Load shedding: How series of failures, design flaws brought Medupi to its knees

2019-10-22 11:59

South Africa was forced to deal with rotational power outages last week following major problems at the massive coal-fired power station.

7 things the new Eskom CEO will need to turn the power utility around, according to experts

2019-08-28 05:00

With the hunt on for a new CEO for Eskom, experts have outlined seven key attributes they believe the new head will need in order to turn the beleaguered state-owned entity around.

The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations

2019-02-25 12:47

With all the emphasis currently focussed on Eskom’s financial and operational sustainability and future structure, the utility’s environmental performance and sustainability is inevitably neglected, and indeed has become the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the money Gods.

Special report: New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance as contract workers down tools

2019-02-07 16:08

New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor are being experienced at Medupi, Kusile and several other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties.

Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPs

2019-01-30 14:37

Nedbank lived up to its slogan as the “green” bank in a decision to withdraw its funding of two proposed new coal-fired power stations in SA - Thabametsi and Khanyisa - say Chris Yelland and Roger Lilley.

Overhaul at cash-strapped Eskom as top executives bow out

2018-12-23 16:27

An overhaul of cash-strapped power utility Eskom's top executive structure has been concluded, according to a leaked document.

Thoughts on the optimal electricity-generation mix for South Africa

2018-05-22 07:26

If the nuclear industry wants to be taken seriously, it must face the real elephants in the room openly and honestly, instead of trying to distract attention away from them, says energy expert Chris Yelland.

Blocking IPP signing a 'delay tactic' nothing more - Yelland

2018-03-14 07:02

South Africa cannot fight the move towards renewable power , energy expert Chris Yelland has said.

Irrational IRP madness grips SA's energy sector

2017-12-11 14:05

The Integrated Resource Plan outlined by Energy Minister David Mahlobo shows a reckless populism in energy decision-making by government as the Zuma period draws to an end, says Chris Yelland.

No end in sight as Eskom stand-off on renewables continues

2017-08-11 06:00

Adding Treasury to the task team probing Eskom’s impasse over signing new power purchase agreements will delay matters still further, with no end in sight, writes Chris Yelland.

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