Phinda power plant

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Phinda power plant is a power station in the pre-permit stage in Alton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is also known as Emergency Risk Mitigation Power Plant.

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Phinda power plant Alton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa -28.765199, 32.011978 (exact)[1]

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1-1: -28.765199, 32.011978

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 1-1 pre-permit[1][2] fossil gas - LNG, fossil liquids - liquefied petroleum gas[1] 450[1] gas turbine[1]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1-1 Phinda Power Producers [100.0%]

Background

Phinda power plant is a proposed 450-megawatt (MW) by Phinda Power Producers in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. It is proposed to be fueled with liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.[3]

It is one of the six gas-to-power plants proposed in the Richard’s Bay Area. Other plants include: Karpowership Richards Bay power station (450 MW), Nseleni Independent Floating power station-NFIPP (2800 MW), Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 3 (2000 MW), Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 2 (400 MW) and Richards Bay (Eskom) power station (3000 MW).

In July 2021, the plant was granted an Environmental Authorization (EA).[4]

Opposition

Environmental justice groups, including the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), groundWork, and Friends of the Earth South Africa, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), oppose the Environmental Authorization granted for Phinda Power’s gas-to-power plant.[5]

In November 2021, the appeal of the Environmental Authorization was dismissed.[5]

In May 2022, the SDCEA, groundWork, and Friends of the Earth South Africa, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights(CER), launched a third court challenge to set aside the Environmental Authorization granted for Phinda Power’s gas-to-power plant.[5] The call for review argues that the original environmental impact assessment (EIA) failed to consider all feasible and reasonable alternatives and that the Minister's reliance on the inclusion of gas power in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) does not exclude the consideration of alternatives, as required under NEMA and EIA regulations.

The state has refused to provide the full record of decision to GroundWork and SDCEA, both parties have filed a Rule 30A application to direct the State to provide the information. This hearing will be held in July 2024.

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20221102114156/https://sahris.sahra.org.za/sites/default/files/additionaldocs/02.%20Final%20Scoping%20Report%20for%20the%20450MW%20RMPP.20.11.2020.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 02 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20221206132654/https://www.ipp-rm.co.za/. Archived from the original on 06 December 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "sahris.sahra.org.za/sites/default/files/additionaldocs/02.%20Final%20Scoping%20Report%20for%20the%20450MW%20RMPP.20.11.2020.pdf" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on September 8, 2021.
  4. "South Africa: A Second Gas-to-Power Environmental Authorisation Is Refused for Richards Bay". allAfrica.com. 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sgqolana, Tembile (2022-05-23). "POWER STRUGGLE: Environmental groups launch legal review of go-ahead for Phinda gas-to-power plant in Richards Bay". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2022-06-17.

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