26 August 2008 – Eskom and PetroSA are investigating the viability of an integrated LNG terminal and power plant at Coega, according to consultants Poten & Partners.
Thabo Mabaso, PetroSA spokesman, confirmed they were investigating importing LNG for their Mossel Bay gas to liquids refinery.
"PetroSA and Eskom are investigating the viability of providing LNG to Eskom’s Gourikwa power plant in Mossel Bay," he said.
According to Eskom’s Brian Dames, "it is still early days. We are waiting for PetroSA to come back to us because the key thing … is securing gas supply and until that is clear there is not much we can do."
Poten & Partners reported that PetroSA were ready to start importing LNG, and said the parastatal closed a tender for two shipboard regasification vessels and two disconnectable buoy systems last month.
PetroSA wanted to start importing LNG in 2010 for the Mossel Bay plant and were looking at chartering the vessels for between five and 10 years.
In January the Central Energy Fund (PetroSA’s owner) and Independent Power Southern Africa agreed to develop an LNG terminal and power plant at Coega.