- Bloomberg reports that Karpowership SA, the Turkish company that controversially won preferred bidder status in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme for 1200MW floating gas power platforms in three harbour locations, has failed in its appeal to overturn an environmental ruling against its projects.
- However, the company will be allowed to correct “perceived gaps” in their application.
- Karpowership SA did not specify what these perceived gaps were and if they can be corrected.
Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s environment minister, last year dismissed Karpowership’s initial application after environmental activists lodged complaints about its impact on fishing, local ecosystems and potential greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
“We respect Minister Creecy’s exercise of her powers, but we are very disappointed with the outlook especially given the time it took to make a decision,” Karpowership said in the statement. The company will refile its submission and hopes “that the process will be much timelier than it has been to date,” it said.
“South Africa needs dispatchable power now,” Karpowership said. “ We remain committed to being part of South Africa’s energy security solution and are ready to deploy our Powerships immediately.”
South Africa’s energy regulator has been taken to court for issueing generation licenses to Karpowership SA. Read more
Author: Bryan Groenendaal