BHP defends South Africa power usage

BHP Billiton has defended its power contracts and usage, following accusations that the miner continues to produce aluminium at its smelters with subsidised electricity while power shedding on the national grid requires others in the country to switch off.

BHP has a contract with South African power supplier Eskom, which states that the multinational mining company must turn off its ovens for a few hours a week if necessary. But South African press reported on Monday June 18 that this works out at two hours a week at most, even during times of high demand on the national grid. The report claimed that BHP’s smelters have been running...

Published

Bianca Markram

June 19, 2012

18:20 GMT

Johannesburg