February 12, 2019 / 7:24 AM / 7 days ago

South African oil firm PetroSA looks to plug Eskom's diesel gap

The logo of state power utility Eskom is seen outside Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant in this picture taken March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s state-owned oil company PetroSA is in talks with power firm Eskom to supply it with diesel to prevent further electricity cuts, PetroSA’s acting chief executive said on Tuesday, as national power cuts entered a third consecutive day.

“A conversation has started between Eskom and PetroSA to potentially supply them with diesel,” PetroSA’s Bongani Sayidini told Reuters.

Cash-strapped Eskom said it would cut 3,000 megawatts (MW) of power from the national grid from 0600 GMT on Tuesday, likely until 2100 GMT, a day after cutting 4,000 MW from the grid in the worst power cuts seen in several years.

It said one of the reasons for the power cuts was dwindling diesel supplies.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Alexander Winning

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