Eskom is the word on everyone's mouths these days and is often followed by colourful descriptive words that express the frustration South Africans feel about load-shedding. However, there could be a solution - a massive floating power plant, or powership as seen in Ghana.
Eskom -easily the most despised word in South Africa, maybe only surpassed in hate by the word 'load-shedding'.
South Africa's frustration with its current power crisis is growing deeper every day, and it doesn't feel like it's about to be solved any time soon, despite Minister Pravin Gordhan claiming to have a 'better understanding' of issues at the utility.
However, there could be a very innovative and interesting solution to South Africa's power crisis - a floating power plant.
Ghana has found an inventive solution to its problems with power in the form of a powership.
Regency.global reports that a humongous floating power plant sits at the coast of Tema, and has 12 power-producing engines, making it possible to deliver electricity to the country non-stop.
The massive 142-metre ship is a ready-to-use power plant and can supply electricity within a few days of arriving.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Karpower built an eight-kilometre transmission line from the port to the nearest substation in Ghana and the ship delivers power 24/7.
This way of supplying is very cost-effective and makes electricity more affordable.
Is this what South Africa needs? Should Eskom be completely cut as the power supplier and a couple of floating power plants become the country's source of energy?
Only time will tell if the government would consider such an option.
Meanwhile, Eskom continues to disappoint, leaving Mzansi in the dark. Almost 3 weeks ago, irony hit hard - a briefing to discuss the issues facing the power entity was hit by load-shedding.
Minister Gordhan and Eskom chairman, Jabu Mabuza, were meant to address the media at the briefing when they were treated to what SA faces regularly.
Check out this video on the floating power plant:
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