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Eskom CEO Sees South African Gas as Key in Transition From Coal

  • Local supplies preferable to mitigate risk, De Ruyter says
  • Utility isn’t interested in investing in gas fields, pipelines

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state power utility, favors burning more domestically sourced gas as it transitions away from coal, its Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter said. 

With the structure of the nation’s demand changing and more renewable technology being added to the grid, additional storage in the form of batteries will be needed along with power that can be dispatched on demand, De Ruyter told a conference in Cape Town on Friday.