Karpowership SA Saldanha Bay EIA Application Suspended

  • South Africa’s department of Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE) has given notice to Karpowership SA that their environmental impact assessment (EIA) application for the proposed gas to power powership projects at the port of Saldanha has been suspended.
  • The extended timeframe for the processing of the application will be communicated once a decision on the matter has been reached in terms of Regulation 14 (5) of the EIA Regulations 2014 as amended.

The suspension has come on the back of allegations made by Green Connection, an environmental NGO who alleges that Karpowership SA consultants breached the EIA Regulations by failing to conduct a thorough assessment on the underwater noise impacts of floating powerships on fishing and the marine ecology of Saldanha Bay and the nearby Langebaan Lagoon, islands and aquaculture development zones.

Karpowership SA winning bidder status in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has been racked with controversy and the latest developments could scupper their chances of reaching financial close for their bids by deadline 31st July 2021. Read more

Recently, a losing bidder has claimed that RMIPPPP has been rigged and implicates the country’s Mineral Resources and Energy Ministers wife. Read more

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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