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South Africa grants Karpowership licences for floating power generation

  • 2 months ago (2021-09-22)
  • David Flin
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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Turkey’s Karpowership three licences to generate power on floating gas ships at port. Nersa announced that it had approved a total of seven power generation licences for preferred bidders, including three for Karpowership.

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Karpowership plans to generate power on its floating gas ships, with the power being plugged directly into the South African grid. Environmental activists and fishing communities have opposed the plans.

In addition to the power generation licence, the firm also needs to clear several other regulatory hurdles, including environmental approval.

Karpowership said: “We have confirmation from Nersa on generation licences and are very happy to be moving forward.” The spokesperson added that the licences were for three ports: Coega, Richards Bay, and Saldanha Bay. Together, these would supply around 1200 MW.