Eskom to lengthen lifespan of ageing coal plants

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Cape Town - Eskom's board has approved a new fleet renewal strategy based on the economic viability of a station as opposed to a purely age-based decommissioning of power stations.

Eskom said on Monday that to ensure reliable supply of electricity and no load shedding, a fleet renewal strategy is necessary over and above normal maintenance. Eskom's fleet renewal strategy extends the life of a station by replacing components when they reach their end of life, as long as it is economical to carry out the replacement.

In line with this strategy, the Eskom board has approved the commencement of a pre-feasibility study for renewal options for four of its oldest power stations, namely Komati, Camden, Hendrina and Arnot. The pre-feasibility study will take 18 months to complete.

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