Eskom, the state-owned power entity, spent R10.5 billion on diesel fuel in 2013/2014, to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines in the Western Cape. This expenditure far exceeds the R5 billion spent the previous year, and has reached a staggering R8.1 billion over the R2.5 billion budget set aside for the year.
Eskom CEO said in July that urgent supply and demand interventions were being considered to reduce diesel consumption.
These interventions include an evolving gas strategy in the Western Cape plants, as well as the purchasing of gas-fired electricity from Mozambique.
In Cape Town alone, 40 000 litres of diesel are currently burnt per hour.