Eskom has threated to take legal action against Tegeta Exploration and Resources.
This follows a warning by the company [Tegeta] on Friday last week to shut down the conveyor belts that supply coal to Eskom’s Hendrina Power Station in Mpumalanga.
Tegeta is owned by the Guptas, Trillian founder Salim Essa, and the president’s son Duduzane Zuma.
The amaBhungane revealed on Thursday morning, Tegeta wanted Eskom to increase the R150/ton it pays to the company for coal from the Optimum mine.
The Unit said Tegeta’s attorney Gert van der Merwe has confirmed the company is considering cutting the supply of coal to Hendrian Power Station.
“If Tegeta has to supply coal under strenuous conditions, if they can’t make a profit, his clients may be left with no option but to cut supply to Hendrina,” said Van der Merwe.
According amaBhungane, the leaked minutes of an Eskom meeting on Friday last week, the Power Utility has retaliated by threatening to approach the court:
“Legal counsel was instructed to prepare the interdict and a meeting was held with Tegeta] last week Friday to discuss actions to be taken. Verbal commitment [were] made by [Tegeta] at 12:30 that they will not stop the conveyor belt to [Hendrina]; Eskom requested written confirmation by 15:00. If it is not delivered urgent legal action will be taken,” the minutes read.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phaswiwe told amaBhungane the Power Utility is putting in place a number of urgent actions including to enforce performance of the Optimum coal supply contract along with consideration for replacement coal supply contracts for Hendrina.
“Eskom is also working with National Treasury to place contracts for the supply and diversion of coal from other Eskom contracted sources to Hendrina. Despite the challenges being experienced at Hendrina, Eskom will ensure that the power system will not be compromised,” added Phasiwe.