Karpowership has agreed to buy and donate a game farm to a provincial wildlife authority in a bid to ease environmental approval for one of the three gas-fired power plants it wants to erect in SA.

In exchange for the farm, the Turkish company said that Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, which manages protected areas in the south-eastern province of KZN, will not object to its plan for a 450 megawatt, ship-mounted power plant at Richards Bay harbour.

‘The Port of Richards Bay presents a unique circumstance where the active industrial port, used largely for coal exports, operates within an estuarine bay,’ Karpowership said in a statement sent to Bloomberg.

Moneyweb reports that the undertaking, which forms part of Karpowership’s submission for environmental approval of the plant, is the latest twist in a more than two-year saga in which the company has fought environmental objections and court cases opposing its plans.

Karpowership won about 60% of a government tender in March 2021 to supply 2 000 megawatts to ease chronic power shortages in the country.

While the initial target date for power production for Karpowership and other winners in the tender was August 2022, none of them are up and running yet.

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