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De Gouveia: Potential renewable energy developers are currently sifting though bidding documentation released by the Department of Energy earlier this month.
Creamer: As you may remember there was a process that took place back in 2009, whereby Nersa set out tariffs for the various renewable technologies, under the renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) model
De Gouveia: Are we finally on the cusp of major progress in this area?
Creamer: The indications are that while developers would have preferred the Refit, the tender should still attract interest.
De Gouveia: Billions at stake as a High Court judge applies his mind to the complex Sishen iron-ore rights matter.
Creamer: As you mentioned it is a complex case and the prize is huge. The oral arguments from Sishen Iron Ore Company (which is owed by Kumba), ArcelorMittal South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) were heard in the North Gauteng High Court last week.
De Gouveia: Umgeni Water has started to consider desalination options to augment water supply in eThekweni.
Creamer: Yes, a number of municipal areas in South Africa area beginning to consider desalination as one of the options for closing what is likely to be a tightening water supply- demand equation in the coming years.
De Gouveia: Terence Creamer is editor of Engineering News and a contributing editor at Mining Weekly. He’ll be back At The Coal-Face at the same time next Friday.
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