South Africa receives 3 Powerships to solve load shedding problems

Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has announced preferred bidders for the government’s IPP program to mitigate emergency risks.

The IPP Risk Mitigation Procurement Program (RMIPPPP) was launched in August 2020.

The aim was to dismantle the restrictions on the power supply and, in the medium to long term, to reduce the extensive use of peak electricity generators based on diesel.

Mantashe said the evaluation process resulted in the selection of preferred bids with a total capacity of 1,845 MW.

Technologies included in the government’s emergency power procurement program include three liquefied gas power vessels and combinations of solar PV, wind, and batteries.

The eight winners announced by Mantashe are:

ACWA Power Project DAO
Karpowership SA Coega
Karpowership IN Richards Bay
Karpowership SA Saldanha
Mulilo Total Coega
Mulilo Total Hydra Storage
Oya Energy hybrid system
Umoyilanga Energy

These 8 projects will bring a total private sector investment of R45 billion to the South African economy.

Around 3,800 jobs will be created during the 18-month construction period and a further 13,500 during the 20-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The preferred bidders must reach a financial deal no later than the end of July 2021. Due to the urgency to switch the power supply online, this date is non-negotiable.

It is planned to bring the first electricity from these projects to the grid from August 2022.

Powers for South Africa

Karpowership SA was the biggest winner with successful offers for its Coega, Richards Bay and Saldanha projects.

Karpowership will anchor its LPG power ships in the three coastal cities to deliver ship-to-shore power.

Karpowership South Africa is a subsidiary of Karadeniz Holding and a registered company with local BEE partners and is based in South Africa.

Karpowership South Africa spokesman Patrick O’Driscall previously said they can provide enough power to stop most of the load shedding – and at a lower cost than Eskom.

O’Driscall stated that they are buying used cargo ships and converting them into floating power ships.

When a country – like South Africa – needs additional electricity, these power ships sail into the region and park them in a suitable location.

The electricity is generated on the ship, which has a substation that dissipates the electricity at the assigned voltage.

A power line is then led from the ship to a transmission mast and the transmission masts are integrated into the network.

Black Sea power ships

Powerships are constructed with a special technology that can be operated with liquid fuels (HFO / RFO) as well as with natural gas.

With high efficiency and availability, power ships can deliver uninterrupted power at various high voltage levels.

The operation and maintenance of the power ships will also be carried out by the Karadeniz Energy Group.

Written by MYBROADBAND and republished with permission. You can find the original article here.

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