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Government urged to have holistic view of biofuels funding incentive

     18th September 2015 Owing to the drop in global crude oil prices over the past year, the biofuels funding incentive is currently in a state of being revamped by government; however, global biofuel organisation PhytoEnergy Group has called for government to consider the possible gains of leaving the incentive as it... 

LNG a likely contender in SA’s energy mix 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2014 As South Africa looks to shale gas and nuclear, as well as expanded coal projects, as potential sources of energy for its constrained national grid, Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) vice chairperson and Sasol GM for supply chain: strategic sourcing Piet van Staden indicated that the national... 

DoE aiming to release draft gas master plan this month

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2014 The South African government’s draft Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump) could be released for public comment in June, should the document receive sign-off during one of the early meetings of the new Cabinet, which was named by President Jacob Zuma on May 25. The document will provide a framework... 

Eskom guarantees needed to unlock next IPP procurement phase 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2014 Progress on the various electricity generation procurement programmes being overseen by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) is now contingent on the new Cabinet approving further guarantees for Eskom, which remains the single buyer of power generated by independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Magubane to leave DoE early owing to health concerns 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2014 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane will vacate her post at the end of March, eight months ahead of her official November 30 contract expiry date, owing to health reasons. In a surprise statement released on March 20, Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported that Magubane’s... 

SA gears up for third renewables bid round, sets 1 000 MW yearly target

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2013 South Africa’s rolling renewable-energy procurement programme has gained further momentum with another 19 projects reaching financial close on May 9 and with the tender documentation for the third bid window having also been released into the market. The second bid-window projects – identified as... 

Long-delayed peaker projects to reach financial close ‘next week’

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2013 A high-level Department of Energy (DoE) official has reported that the long-delayed open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT), or peaker plants, will reach financial closure during May. Speaking on the sidelines of a function hosted to facilitate the financial closure of 19 renewable-energy projects on... 

19 more renewables projects close as SA gears up for third bid round 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2013 South Africa’s rolling renewable-energy procurement programme has gained further momentum with another 19 projects reaching financial close on May 9 and with the tender documentation for the third bid window having also been released into the market. The second bid-window projects – identified as... 

Soitec raises R1bn bond for Touwsrivier solar project

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2013 Semiconductor materials manufacturer Soitec announced on Tuesday that it had concluded a R1-billion bond issuance and that the proceeds would be used to help finance the construction of a 44 MW concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar plant in Touwsrivier, South Africa. The transaction was a first... 

At last, SA moves to procure non-Eskom baseload capacity

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2012 The Department of Energy (DoE) had received “concurrence” from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa for a Ministerial determination opening the way for the procurement of 7 761 MW of baseload capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) between now and 2025. The baseload... 

SA moves to procure 7 761 MW of baseload IPP power by 2025 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2012 Energy Minister Dipuo Peters reported on Monday that the Department of Energy (DoE) had received “concurrence” from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa for a Ministerial determination opening the way for the procurement of 7 761 MW of baseload capacity from independent power producers... 

Third renewables bid window will open only after review 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2012 The South African government announced last month that 19 companies had been selected as preferred bidders during the second bidding window for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), which closed on March 5. A total of 79 bids were submitted by the deadline,... 

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