Power ships can quickly provide emergency power but cost is key. Picture: KARPOWERSHIP
Power ships can quickly provide emergency power but cost is key. Picture: KARPOWERSHIP

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we talk about the use of mobile power station as a possible solution for SA’s current energy crisis.

Host Mudiwa Gavaza is joined by Peter Bird, an MD at Berkeley Research Group (BRG)’s Singapore office.

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BRG is a global consulting firm that helps organisations in three main areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and performance improvement and advisory. The firm has offices around the world, including one in Johannesburg.

Business Day Spotlight host Mudiwa Gavaza. Picture: DOROTHY KGOSI.
Business Day Spotlight host Mudiwa Gavaza. Picture: DOROTHY KGOSI.

Bird, who joins us from the UK, focuses on expert testimony on economic and financial issues, is a specialist in the energy sector, with previous experience in the SA market.

The discussion focuses around the emergency steps SA has taken to sort the energy crisis, with a plan to lease mobile power stations or so-called powerships to dock at its ports.

Bird says using powerships may be the right short-term solution from a power procurement perspective as floating ships are the cheapest way to store and re-gasify liquefied natural gas, and can be built quicker — in efficient factories and shipyards abroad rather than on site — compared to land-based plants.

The discussion touches on SA’s emergency plan to address the energy crisis; the case for using mobile power stations to support power generation; how such technology and approaches have been used in parts of Asia and South America; the costs involved; the economics of renewable energy; and an outlook of progress in the sector.

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