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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
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Meeting air quality standards would warrant Eskom decommissioning as much as 16GW of its coal-fired power stations immediately, which would exacerbate load shedding to unprecedented stages, according to CEO André de Ruyter.

De Ruyter on Wednesday laid out Eskom's vision for a just energy transition at the Africa Renewables Investment Summit, held in Cape Town.

For Eskom, it is unlikely new coal power projects will be built. They're up to four times the cost of renewables like wind and solar, take about 10 to 12 years to become operable and would negatively impact the competitiveness of South African exporters, who will face taxes for the carbon content of their products.

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