Press Release: Eskom may Delay Alcan Smelter until 2013

Earthlife Africa Jhb 17th of January 2008 According to an article in today‚Äôs Business Report (‚ÄúShelve new projects, Eskom warns‚Äù), Eskom financial director is asking the Government to stop marketing South Africa as a low-cost electricity investment centre. This would include delaying, until 2013, the controversial and proposed Alcan aluminium smelter at Coega. The Alcan was the subject of intense civil society, local Port Elizabeth, and international opposition in 2007. Eskom‚Äôs financial director, Mr. Bongani Nqwababa, is reported to have said, in regards to the Alcan smelter, that, “Eskom needs …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa calls for full and proper assessment of alternatives to the proposed Northern Free State coal-fired power station

MEDIA ALERT!! MEDIA!! ALERT 15th of January 2008 Will South Africa need another 5 400 MW of coal-fired electricity generation capacity in the next decade and following construction¬† of about 10 000 MW additional capacity already on the cards? If government finally implements policy commitments (see White Paper on Energy Policy 1998) to integrate externalised costs in energy planning and pricing, would a coal-fire plant, particularly one not utilising best available technology, be the “cheaper” generation option by the time it is fully commissioned? Given both the improving economic case …

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