The SA coal lobby took another punch to the nose recently when the National Water Tribunal upheld an appeal in opposition to setting aside the two water licence agreements necessary for the development of the Khanyisa coal-fired power station.

The tribunal’s ruling stated that the water-use licence application was procedurally flawed and the department of water & sanitation “had not adequately weighed up the impact of climate change on water security in the region” when assessing whether to grant a licence. This is yet another hurdle in a torturous process that has seen pricing concerns, lack of interested funders, lengthy lead times and pressure to decarbonise SA’s energy system all taking their toll on the project. ..

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