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Outa objects to handling of IRP public consultation process 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday accused the department of energy of giving the public too little time to weigh in on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which sees South Africa adding 20 gigawatt of nuclear energy to its power grid over the next three decades. “Outa has... 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Energy department reluctantly gives insight into nuclear studies 

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 A study by the department of energy and National Treasury on a funding model for the planned nuclear expansion programme handed to Cabinet in 2015 advised that the best way to test cost analysis was to go to the market for tenders, the department told MPs on Wednesday. Deputy director general:... 

Busa concerned about Eskom, govt misalignment on nuclear component of IRP 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) expressed concern on Thursday about a seeming lack of alignment between government and Eskom on the nuclear component of the newly released draft base case of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). In a statement welcoming the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s)... 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

Strong sense of irony as Eskom solicits energy-intensive connections

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Sarec too raises IPP delay concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2016 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has become the latest organisation to raise concerns over State-owned power utility Eskom’s repeated delays in signing off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs). In a response statement to the disclosures... 

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2016 The management and board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been grilled by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, particularly on its controversial sale of 10-million barrels of crude oil reserves. The CEF has, however, been unable to come up with many answers. The main point of... 

Joemat-Pettersson launches Limpopo-based energy centre

By: Anine Kilian     4th November 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday launched the Ngwaabe Integrated Energy Centre (IeC), in partnership with Shell, at Feta-Kgomo, in Limpopo’s Greater Tubatse municipality. The IeC programme is a Department of Energy initiative established in response to a White Paper on energy... 

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday said the provincial government was disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas. The Department of Energy last month selected Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

SA nuclear industry unfazed by latest delays in nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2016 The Nuclear Industries Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not concerned about the latest postponement in the country’s new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme. “Although, as an industry, we’d have liked this process to have started a long time ago,” observes Niasa MD Knox... 

Green shoots

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2016 In a September 22 statement, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) reiterated the “grave concern” it had expressed in an earlier open letter to Preside Jacob Zuma about ongoing threats to charge, or even arrest, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. However, it also used the statement to urge... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Parliament turns away PetroSA, DoE officials

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2016 Parliament turned away PetroSA board members as well as Department of Energy (DoE) officials after they failed to submit a forensic report into the R14.5-billion loss incurred by the State-owned entity. DoE director-general Thabane Zulu had prepared a presentation relating to the investigation... 

CSIR cost study shows new solar, wind to be 40% cheaper than new coal

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 A new comparative analysis of the cost of electricity generated from various supply sources in South Africa shows new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind to be 40% cheaper than the costs associated with new baseload coal-fired power stations. The analysis, conducted by Council for Scientific... 

Boikarabelo first coal target slips as Resgen aims for March financial close

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th October 2016 Dual-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has pushed back the expected date of first coal production from its Boikarabelo mine in South Africa’s Waterberg region, as talks with potential financiers to secure the best funding package continue. The emerging producer in August entered into a... 

NGOs unhappy about new bids for baseload coal 

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) decision to select preferred bidders under the first bid window for independent coal baseload power plants. The Life After Coal Network says the expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal... 

Exxaro over the moon on independent coal power selection

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 The selection of Thabametsi as a preferred independent coal-fired power project has delighted black-owned mining company Exxaro, which will chip in a R3-billion first phase coal mine to supply 3.9-million tons of coal a year for 30 years to its power plant partners. Energy Minister Tina... 

Eskom confident it can raise funds for nuclear build programme 

By: Kim Cloete     12th October 2016 Eskom says it is confident that it can raise funding and operate the multibillion-rand 9.6 GW nuclear new build programme. “Eskom has turned the corner. We’ve turned our operations around. We’ve tucked in our shirts. Today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today,” said... 

Energy Minister says Eskom to fund nuclear as new procurement framework is unveiled

By: Kim Cloete     11th October 2016 Eskom’s balance sheet will be used to leverage funding for government’s anticipated multibillion-rand nuclear build programme, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Tuesday. She told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that the National Treasury would not be funding the... 

Busa says energy policy still too unclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s decision to delay the nuclear build programme’s request for proposals, noting that business remains concerned about the current lack of transparency, consistency and evidence-based decision-making in South... 

DoE opts for integrated model for highly anticipated gas-to-power roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has opted for an integrated delivery model for the country’s highly anticipated Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (LNG IPPPP), which will be initially deployed at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

Eskom’s role and outstanding generation plan key to nuclear RFP delay 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2016 The issue of Eskom’s role in the procurement process for South Africa’s nuclear new build programme is said to lie at the heart of Cabinet’s surprise decision to delay the release of the controversial nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was due for dissemination on September 30. However,... 

Nuclear on hold as government mulls putting Eskom in charge of the project 

By: African News Agency      29th September 2016 Government will not be issuing a call for proposals for its nuclear power expansion programme on Friday to allow for more time for consultations, which could mean shifting responsibility for implementation of the project from the Department of Energy to Eskom, Minister in the Presidency Jeff... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor revealed on Tuesday the Economic Cluster of Ministers would be deliberating on the next iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity at its next meeting and questioned whether a nuclear request for proposals (RFP) could be released... 

RioZim chooses Chinese group to design $2.1bn power plant

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2016 RioZim chose a State-owned Chinese company to design a $2.1-billion power plant it plans to build in Zimbabwe, which faces frequent blackouts, and is lobbying South Africa’s electricity utility to buy from the facility to help attract investors. State Nuclear Electric Power Planning Design and... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

New revelations in South African nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 The department of energy was tight-lipped on Friday over the awarding of a tender for the controversial nuclear build programme to the son of a close friend of President Jacob Zuma. When approached for comment, departmental spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane said by email: "For now the department of... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

Niasa calls for local content in nuclear energy programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has welcomed the announcement by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson that the request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of nuclear power stations will start on September 30. It stressed that local content and skills development... 

In need of decisive leadership

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2016 Given the fast-moving nature of developments surrounding State-owned electricity producer Eskom, it is quite possible that there may well have been new developments in the ongoing saga between the utility and independent power producers (IPPs) since the time of writing. Nevertheless, Eskom's... 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2016 South African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Lingering clean-fuels uncertainty could ‘wipe out’ South Africa’s refineries 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2016 South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) chairperson Maurice Radebe has appealed for “decisive action” to resolve the prevailing policy uncertainty on cleaner fuels and how the $4.9-billion cost of upgrading the country’s existing refineries to produce such fuels will be recovered.... 

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 Eskom's hostility towards independent power producers (IPPs) can no longer be disputed, or ignored. The antagonism has also brought to the fore the oft-repeated warning about the genuine risk associated with the current structure of the industry, where IPPs are beholden to a dominant competitor... 

Amid worries over IPP-programme credibility, Eskom says issues being resolved

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2016 A South African solar industry body has warned that the credibility of the country’s much-vaunted Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is being threatened by ongoing delays to the programme, as well as uncertainty over Eskom’s willingness to conclude power... 

Qhena confident solar project commitment will be ‘honoured’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO Geoffrey Qhena expressed confidence on Tuesday that projects that had been adjudicated under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would proceed, despite the recent resistance shown by Eskom to signing a power... 

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