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Xstrata shuts furnaces to aid Eskom

Feb 13 2012 12:15

Johannesburg - Xstrata has switched off two chrome furnaces at its Rustenburg plant to help power utility Eskom save electricity, but said on Monday that supplies to customers would not be affected.

Spokesperson Songezo Zibi said maintenance at the furnaces had been brought forward from its usual schedule in the  June/July winter months because the national grid is under particular strain right now due to unplanned outages at some of Eskom’s power plants.

Zibi said the lost production would be made up by higher output at some of its other smelters, some of which are around 30% more energy efficient than the Rustenburg ones.

“We will be able to meet customer demand because we have not reduced overall planned production,” he said.

Zibi said it was not clear yet how long the maintenance programme would last.

eskom  |  xstrata


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