Karpowership not coming to SA anytime soon: Green Connection

Karpowership not coming to SA anytime soon: Green Connection

An environmental justice group says the government's belief that its deal with Karpowership will ease the load shedding crisis is misplaced.

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"I don't think that the Karpowership is coming here anytime soon and in any case, it is not going to help us with load shedding this winter because it will take another 12 months if they started today from the time they get approval, they still need 12 months," says Green Connection's Liz McDaid. 

READ: Karpowership gets green light to dock at three SA ports


McDaid says the country should rather focus on improving Eskom's generation capacity. 


The Transport Department has granted Karpowership access to three ports for 20 years.

The Turkish gas-to-power company will moor its ships at Durban, Ngqura, and Saldanha Bay.

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McDaid says more approvals are needed before the process can even begin.


"So far, the environmental approvals have failed not once but in terms of Coega also twice and the generation licence is also under review by civil society organisation OUTA and also the Green Connection." 

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