Oct 09, 2012
RFP for solar park consultants withdrawn as project site is movedBack
Engineering|Marydale|Niekerkshoop|Prieska|Central Energy Fund|Environment|PROJECT|Energy|Northern Cape|Nomusa Buthelezi|Power|Appointment|Siyathemba Municipality
© Reuse this
The DoE withdrew three RFPs for the appointment of a feasibility study consultant, an environment assessment practitioner and a geotechnical engineering consultant, after moving the proposed project to the SiyaThemba region, Central Energy Fund (CEF) acting procurement manager Nomusa Buthelezi told Engineering News Online on Tuesday.
The DoE, which was managing and overseeing the project, appointed the CEF to lead the process.
The initial site, near Upington, encountered a number of land-related challenges and the project was shifted to avoid further delays, she said.
CEF signed a memorandum of understanding with the SiyaThemba local municipality, which incorporates the towns of Prieska, Marydale and Niekerkshoop, allowing the firm to reissue the tenders to source the consultants required for the feasibility study.
The feasibility study, which was given the nod after a positive prefeasibility study was completed in 2010, aimed to examine the viability of the R150-billion solar park project.
The prefeasibility results indicated that the conditions in Northern Cape were ideal for the proposed solar park project and several potential sites were identified in the Northern Cape, including two sites near Upington and two near Groblershoop, as well as Prieska and De Aar.
If proved viable, the project would produce its first solar power in 2016/17.
Buthelezi commented that the bidders for the first RFPs would be reimbursed, but would need to reapply for the new tender.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...