Cabinet decision on third mega coal-fired power station completely reckless: Greenpeace Africa

Press release - August 23, 2013
Johannesburg, 23 August 2013: Reacting to the news that cabinet has approved moving forward with the so-called ‘coal 3’ mega coal-fired power station[1], Greenpeace has said:

“Greenpeace Africa condemns the irresponsible move to start building a third mega coal-fired power station, which puts all South Africans at risk. Both Medupi and Kusile have failed to deliver electricity either on time, or on budget at a huge cost to all South Africans. A third mega coal-fired power station in one of the most water-scarce areas of South Africa [1] will push the price of electricity up as coal prices rise, lock the country into a coal-addiction for the foreseeable future and push the country much closer to a water and climate crisis” said Melita Steele, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Africa.

“South Africans simply can’t afford to continue to pay the price for continued investments in coal power stations, and Greenpeace urges cabinet to rethink this decision and push for increased renewable energy investments instead. The renewable energy industry offers huge opportunities for the South African economy as a massive job creator, and can reignite economic growth far better than further investments in the troubled coal sector ever could”, concluded Steele.

 

CONTACT:

Fiona Musana, Greenpeace Africa Communications Director:  +27798940495

Melita Steele, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Africa: +27725608703

 

NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

1.     Cabinet announcement can be found here: http://www.gcis.gov.za/content/newsroom/media-releases/media-statements/cabinet-lekgotla22Aug2013

2.     If Coal 3 is built, it will most likely be built in the water-scarce Waterberg area (which is the same area that the troubled Medupi coal-fired power station is being built).