Bay free of power cuts by August?

R3.5bn Coega power plant nearly ready

NELSON Mandela Bay looks set to rid itself of rolling blackouts by August – even as load-shedding seems likely to affect the rest of the country for the foreseeable future.

Coega’s R3.5-billion Dedisa power station is expected to be completed in six months, effectively putting an end to load-shedding in the region.

The gas-powered station, along with a separate proposed natural gas terminal also at Coega, will give the Bay the potential to generate its own electricity and influence power flow in South Africa.

More creative methods like using sewage and landfill waste to create electricity are also being considered.

-Zandile Mbabela and Shaun Gillham 

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