- South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has reached a decision on the three applications which were submitted in October 2020 by Karpowership SA (Pty) Ltd for an environmental authorisation for the development of gas to power via powerships.
- The department has decided, after due consideration of all relevant information presented as part of the environmental impact assessment process for all three applications in question, to refuse the applications for the environmental authorisations.
- Karpowership was controversially awarded preferred bidders status in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme. Read more
The applicant had proposed to locate the three powership projects at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha to generate electricity from natural gas to be evacuated through transmission lines to substations linking to the national grid. The powerships were to be assembled off-site and be delivered fully equipped and functional to the different ports.
In a statement South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) notes the decision by the the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) not to grant environmental authorisations pertaining to the three (3) applications submitted by Karpowership SA (Pty) Ltd. They add that they will “await formal communication by the Preferred Bidder on the decision by DFFE before making any further pronouncements.”
The Karpowership SA bid in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation IPP Programme has been riddled with controversy plus allegations of tender rigging. Read more
This is a developing story,
Author: Bryan Groenendaal