In South Africa, the turnover of Eskom, the national electricity company, fell by 2.5 billion rand ($ 136 million) in April 2020. This drop was caused by confinement decreed in the country to reduce the spread of the coronavirus among the population.
“We recorded a 2.5 billion rand drop in our revenues. The overall impact of the situation has yet to be assessed, ” said Andre de Ruyter, the company’s executive director.
If the restriction of movements has made it possible to continue maintenance in the short term without having to carry out load shedding, it prevents the implementation of part of the program to rehabilitate the country’s power plants. Thus, maintenance of the Koeberg nuclear power plant, the only one in the country, has been postponed due to the inability of French technicians and experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site.
Source: Agence Ecofin