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South Africa was forced to deal with rotational power outages last week following major problems at the massive coal-fired power station.
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.
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.
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 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.
An overhaul of cash-strapped power utility Eskom's top executive structure has been concluded, according to a leaked document.
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.
South Africa cannot fight the move towards renewable power , energy expert Chris Yelland has said.
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.
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.
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.
It is no coincidence that Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe has decided to resign at this point in time, energy analyst Chris Yelland tells Fin24.
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.
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.
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.
International and local efforts to restrict funding for the construction of new coal-fired power plants appear to be gaining momentum.
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.
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.
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.
The world is expecting us to move to cleaner options, and South Africa has made international commitments to do this. We need to plan ahead, says Chris Yelland.
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