Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
22 Sep 2021
4:59 pm

Karpowership: Energy diversification or setting of table for comrades to eat?

Nica Richards

Technically speaking, Nersa's approvals are null and void, for the time being at least.

Huge hurdles lay in Karpowership’s future from a legal perspective, starting with the rejection of environmental impact assessments. Photo: Twitter/@Karpowership

Despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa) surprise approval of the controversial floating power plant project, Turkey-based bidder Karpowership has a long battle to fight if it is to anchor at its desired destinations.  According to energy expert Chris Yelland, despite Nersa approving seven generation licence applications including Karpowership’s under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPP), the generation licences remain moot.  ALSO READ: Nersa approves licenses for three controversial floating power plants This, he explained, was because environmental authorisation, blocked by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) was still refused, there is...