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Eskom spends R100 million per day on diesel fuel to avoid a load shedding

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Eskom, a South African state-owned energy company, had switched to diesel after several generators went down. The company managed to succeed, and now the likelihood of a load shedding in South Africa remains low.

According to the Eskom’s acting head of generation Andrew Etzinger, the company is in a more prosperous situation at the moment, as the generators gradually return to normal:

“We ran out of diesel simply because we’d been burning so much, about R100 million’s worth of diesel a day to keep the light on to the extent that we could. So, we replenished the diesel, which I’m hoping we don’t burn too much of today because we need to save money as well,” Etzinger said.

On Friday, February 15, Eskom said that although the company’s position remained vulnerable, power outages in the next two days were unlikely to happen. The energy company advised South Africans to use electricity economically.

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