Eskom of South Africa Sees Disruption in Coal Supply on Workers’ Strikes

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s power utility, has started seeing disruptions in coal supplies from some mines because of a nationwide strike by workers, spokesman Tony Stott said.

The company has a coal stockpile for 38 days and doesn’t want this to fall below 20 to 28 days, Stott said by phone from Johannesburg today. Eskom is concerned that workers at mines where management has already concluded wage agreements may join the industrial action in a so-called sympathy strike, he said.

If the strike is protracted, Eskom’s contingency plans will come “under severe strain,” he said.

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