Wescoal to maintain coal production


Wescoal to maintain coal production

Published Date: 2020-03-26 | Source: Stephen Gunnion | Author: Stephen Gunnion

Wescoal to maintain coal production

The company says as an essential services provider, it will continue supplying coal to Eskom and other essential services like hospitals.

Wescoal says it will keep producing coal as the country enters lockdown tomorrow but is taking steps to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

The group says coal producers and power stations are to remain operational as they are included as essential service-providers in the electricity and energy space. It also supplies coal to other essential services like hospitals through its trading business.

It said it was introducing controls and protocols to ensure the health and safety of all staff on its sites. Support functions would be required to work remotely, while inter-provincial travellers would also be required to work from home. All critical meetings would only take place online and non-critical meetings would be cancelled. Formal plans with contractors addressing Covid-19 preventative measures including sanitisation and hygiene best-practices would be implemented immediately, the group said.

Eskom had confirmed the status of Wescoal as an essential services provider in the electricity generation value chain, and specifically requested the continuity and uninterrupted supply of the group's contracted coal to its power stations during the national lockdown period, it said.

Its shares closed unchanged at R1.20 in light trade yesterday.

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