SA coal power plant needs a re-think, says Hanekom

2013-09-27 09:40
SA need to re-evaluate coal as an energy source, Derek Hanekom has said. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA need to re-evaluate coal as an energy source, Derek Hanekom has said. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

.Johannesburg - Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said government would have to rethink its plans for a third mega coal-fired power station, Beeld reported on Friday

Speaking at the opening of a conference on the Water Research Commission (WRC) in Pretoria on Wednesday night, Hanekom said he did not want to offend his colleagues, but plans for the "Coal 3" station needed further thought.

"We will have to look at the relationship between food, energy and water. The negative environmental impact of coal-fired power stations is twofold," he was quoted as saying.

"Huge amounts of water are used when a coal power plant generates electricity. Poisonous gases released when coal-powered energy is generated induce climate change affecting temperatures and rainfall."

Hanekom said these points were relevant in Gauteng, in particular, as it was the country's most densely populated and economically productive province and the demand for food, water and energy was very high.

"Besides, water needs to be pumped uphill [from the Vaal Dam] to Gauteng, which makes it a particularly energy-intensive process."
Read more on:    derek hanekom  |  energy  |  environment

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.