Repeated delays to plan to fast-track emergency power 'defeating its very purpose'

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Repeated delays to a government plan to fast-track new power production to cut down on load shedding is starting to defeat the purpose of a  "emergency procurement programme", according to energy analyst Chris Yelland.

Thursday was supposed to be the deadline for financial close for the 11 preferred bidders in a Department of Energy programme to quickly add 2 000 MW of power to the grid to combat load shedding. By far the largest bidder is floating powership provider Karpowership SA. 

But the deadline has now been extended by four months to the end of January 2022. Construction can only start after this date. 

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