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Related Story. Eskom Holdings Ltd., South Africa’s largest electricity supplier, said heavy rain reduced the amount and quality of coal supplied to four to five of its plants, curbing the company’s ability to generate power.
“Some units are not generating power as efficiently as they should be,” while handling and burning the wet coal is difficult, Hilary Joffe, a spokeswoman for the Johannesburg- based utility, said by phone from the city today.
South Africa, dependent on the company for about 95 percent of its power needs, already faces tight power supply as Eskom struggles to fund an expansion needed to prevent a repeat of 2008 blackouts. Coal shortages and rain contributed to the power failures in Africa’s largest economy that year, temporarily shutting some of the world’s largest platinum mines.
Anglo American Plc, one of Eskom’s largest coal suppliers, said by e-mail its Kriel colliery has been worst affected by the rains. Exxaro Resources Ltd., another supplier, declined to comment.BHP Billiton Ltd. and Xstrata Plc, which also mine coal in South Africa, were unable to immediately comment.
The country warned of floods in the Orange River area today as rain uprooted trees and submerged bridges. The biggest dam in the country, Gariepdam, is at 110 percent of “full” levels and the second-biggest, Vanderkloof, is 106 percent full, the water department’s website shows.
Heavy rainfall, defined as more than 50 millimeters (1.97 inches), is forecast for today in parts of Mpumalanga, the main coal-producing region, by the national weather service.
Many of Eskom’s 27 mostly coal-fired electricity plants are undergoing maintenance. The company undertakes most work during South Africa’s summer months, when demand is lower. It suspended a large nuclear power unit at Koeberg last month to replace a defective fuel rod.
“We are managing the system very actively,” Joffe said. “We’re addressing the coal handling and coal quality problems,” she said, adding that stockpiles of the fuel are at an average of 41 days.
Eskom said in March the gap between supply and demand will remain “tight” until the first unit of its new Medupi plant starts generating power in 2012. Chief Executive Officer Brian Dames is due to brief media on electricity supply tomorrow.
Coal output at Anglo, BHP and Rio Tinto Group is also hit by the worst floods in Australia’s Queensland state in 50 years.