A court case filed by a losing bidder in South Africa’s emergency power programme threatens to delay the provision of the electricity by months.
Energy regulator Nersa has kicked a hard discussion about a licence for the controversial electricity generator down the road.
An environmental lobby group has told energy regulator Nersa that the electricity generation licence process for Karpowership SA’s floating power ships is “fatally flawed”.
There are widespread doubts that renewable energy projects can happen fast enough to replace coal. So a controversial fossil fuel remains part of the planned energy mix: natural gas.
The decision by the environment department to refuse environmental authorisations for Karpowership SA’s multibillion-rand energy deal is likely to be appealed.
South Africa’s environment department said on Thursday that it had refused applications by Karpowership for environmental authorisations for three gas-to-power projects.
A floating gas-turbine generator meant to alleviate South Africa’s crippling power cuts has run into objections by oyster farmers and small-scale fishermen.
The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting the country to intermittent blackouts.
Mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe and the two most senior officials in his department denied corruption in court papers responding to allegations by a losing bidder in a power tender.
South Africa’s plans to tap emergency power from vessel-based plants faces another potential snag, with business groups questioning whether proper processes are being followed.