Eskom power outages not seen affecting South32's aluminium deliveries

Market observers do not expect planned interruptions to power supply in South Africa by Eskom to affect deliveries from South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter, they told Fastmarkets.

State power utility Eskom implements load shedding - controlled power blackouts - to reduce pressure on the country’s electricity grid when power is severely constrained.
Last week it was forced to implement stage 6 load shedding for the first time ever amid a severe lack of generating capacity.
The power outages caused concerns about possible disruptions at the Hillside aluminium smelter based in in Richards Bay, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal about 180 kilometers north of Durban.

There were also concerns about South32’s Mozal aluminium smelter in neighboring Mozambique. But South32 has contingency plans for periods of reduced power, the producer told Fastmarkets....


Alice Mason

Hui Li

December 17, 2019

14:25 GMT

London, Shanghai