DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he will be writing to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to grant the Western Cape a licence to start importing liquid natural gas (LNG) to run turbine generators in the province.
Maimane says LNG is both a cheaper and cleaner source of energy than having substations run on diesel.
Maimane and Western Cape premier candidate for the DA Alan Winde were speaking outside the Eskom Ankerlig power station in Atlantis, Cape Town, on Wednesday.
“We already have a special economic zone (SEZ) in Saldanha Bay (in the West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape) that we could import gas through easily and in a sustainable manner, and it comes with a much lower price tag than diesel. We have done the studies and have worked with Transnet on an actionable plan for importation through Saldanha,” said Maimane.