These Powerships are ready to stop load shedding in South Africa for good

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Patrick O’Driscall, the South African spokesperson for the innovative energy company Karpowership recently spoke to Biznews in light of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s 2019 Request for Information (RFI) to procure power from independent producers.

O’Driscall said that Karpowership can supply enough electricity to stop most load-shedding and do it at a lower cost than Eskom. The company can deliver between 700MW and 800MW immediately and would also have the capability to incrementally increase that up to 2,000 plus megawatts over the following six months.

Karpowership can reportedly provide power to South Africa at R1.70 per kilowatt-hour, which is much less than the open-cycle gas turbines that Eskom is running.

And it’s not just a short-term solution, O’Driscall highlighted that the company has contracts that range from three years, five years, ten years to fifteen plus years.

So how does Karpowership work? The company purchases second-hand cargo carrier ships and converts them into floating power ships. When a country is in need of additional electricity – like South Africa – they sail these powerships to the area and park them at a suitable location.

The power is generated on the ship which has a grid substation which evacuates the power at the allocated voltage. A power line is then taken from the ship to a transmission tower and the transmission towers are integrated into the grid.

Most of South Africa’s large power plants are on the waterfront anyway, which means they have “power lines running up and down the country”.

“We just connect to them. It could be in numerous locations. South African coastline is very large. It could be in Richards Bay, it could be a Coega, it could be in Saldanha, or it could be in Durban,” says O’Driscall.

Listen to the full interview on BizNews below and read more on the latest local news, right here.

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