Camden – has Eskom changed its tune?

The Camden Power Station and others in Mpumalanga may be not be shutting down after all.

As yet, no official confirmation has been received but Eskom said that plans announced in March this year to shut down five coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga are not cast in stone and may still be reviewed.

This was announced in an address to the media by Eskom chairman, Ben Ngubane at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Durban this week. He said that decisions would depend on factors such as economic growth and others.

This comes in contrast to a statement released by Eskom in March, confirming the decommissioning of the Camden, Komati, Kriel, Hendrina and Grootvlei Power Stations within the next ten years.

In reply to an enquiry made by the Highvelder on Tuesday this week, Thando Skosana, Stakeholder and Communications Officer – Ermelo Zone (Gert Sibande) said, “The matter of the early closure of coal fired power stations is currently being reviewed and the outcomes will be communicated in due course.”

Athol Stark, President of the Ermelo Business Association (EBA) said, “If this is so, this will indeed be great news for Ermelo and other communities situated near these Power Stations as the economic livelihood and sustainability of these towns and settlements depended to a large extent on the workforce of these institutions. Future economic investment in these towns will also be encouraged. ”

Updates on this matter to follow.

Gerald Young

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