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South African Power Program Faces Fresh Legal Challenge

  • National power regulator sued over Karpowership licenses
  • Turkish company has yet to get environmental or port approval
A Karpowership vessel docked at Cape Town port.

A Karpowership vessel docked at Cape Town port.

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg
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South African activists sued the nation’s energy regulator over its award of generation licenses to Karpowership, threatening to further delay a program to add power to the grid to alleviate recurrent outages. 

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa granted the permits to the Turkish company in September, allowing it to supply the country from three ship-mounted power plants. Progress has been stalled by another court case over the award of the contracts and Karpowership has yet to secure environmental approval or the right to moor its vessel in the country’s ports.