Eskom counting cost of old plants

Business Day Live 19 September 2012.

AN ISSUE exercising many about Eskom is the constituency of its fleet of power stations. Some are very old, certainly older than their original design lives of 35 to 40 years. It is commonplace, of course, for engineers to keep old plants running and operational long after they should have been mothballed and stripped — but that can only be done at a cost, reflected in capital charges and operational inefficiency…