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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... 

Joemat-Pettersson says to request nuclear proposals end-Sept 

By: Reuters     7th September 2016 South Africa will put out requests for proposals on a nuclear procurement process on September 30, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told parliament on Wednesday. South Africa has said it intends to build new nuclear power stations to reduce its heavy dependence on coal but critics have said... 

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... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Eskom letter opens festering wounds

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 Revelations last month that Eskom is insisting on consultations with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson before signing any further power purchase agreements with private generators has opened up all manner of wounds that have been quietly festering for the last number of years. Firstly, it... 

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2016 With government preparing to announce its long-awaited decision on the expedited round of  the Renewable-Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement  Programme (CBIPPPP), Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has... 

Eskom postpones IPP signing with Redstone

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 Eskom postponed the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project, intended to happen on Thursday July 28 2016. The agreement would have seen Eskom buy 100 MW from the project for an estimated R50-billion for the duration of the contract, according... 

Energy Minister cracks down on CEF governance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) board will review its governance processes, as well as its turnaround strategies for the subsidiaries in the group, after Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised concerns around the recent lapses in governance in the group. At a meeting held earlier this month... 

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has added its voice to those questioning Eskom’s resistance to connecting new independent power producers (IPPs), saying it is “alarmed” by the State-owned electricity producer’s move. In a letter sent to Energy Minister... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Gas import tailwinds

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 In May, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated that a request for proposals would be released during the current fiscal year for a floating storage and regasification unit and a gas-to-power programme, with an allocation of up to 3 126 MW. In other words, South Africa is preparing to... 

Draft regulations, if adopted, will boost biofuels investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Business intelligence provider Oxford Business Group (OBG) state that although solar and wind energy are the main focus for South Africa’s renewable-energy segment, Cabinet will discuss draft regulations on the biofuel industry later this year, thereby paving the way for the potential development... 

Nuclear ‘spring’?

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2016 During a recent visit to South Africa, French President Francois Hollande’s special envoy for the French-South Africa nuclear partnership expressed optimism that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP) would be issued before the end of the year – probably during South Africa’s... 

DoE launches ‘Save Energy’ campaign

     3rd June 2016 Last month, the Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Department of Trade and Industry, and local and international partners unveiled the ‘Save Energy’ energy efficiency programme intervention, which is in support of the energy saving campaign... 

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”. Special envoy of the French President for... 

Democratic Alliance wants AG to probe fuel stock sale 

By: African News Agency      26th May 2016 The Democratic Alliance will ask the Auditor-General to investigate the Strategic Fuel Fund’s sale of most of the country’s crude oil stock pile without permission from National Treasury. DA MP Pieter van Dalen said the sale of ten-million barrels of crude breached section 54 (2d) of the Public... 

Democratic Alliance wants AG to probe fuel stock sale 

By: African News Agency      26th May 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask the Auditor-General to investigate the Strategic Fuel Fund’s sale of most of the country’s crude oil stock pile without permission from National Treasury. DA MP Pieter van Dalen said the sale of 10-million barrels of crude breached section 54 (2d) of the... 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     20th May 2016 Nuclear experts are anxious to get to the request for proposals (RFP) stage in the nuclear build plan for South Africa. “Let’s get this RFP to vendors to see what they can offer and what the costs will be. Over the past few years, we have got closer and closer to this point and are ready to take... 

Wind energy saved Eskom R300m, Sawea tells Molefe 

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 The  South Africa Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is striking back at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who commented this week that renewables have “failed” the State power utility by not providing the necessary power to avoid load-shedding at the right time of day. In a statement released on Thursday,... 

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The government failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case with leading environmentalists and activists who claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament. In October last year,... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled an energy efficient label for domestic appliances in a bid to promote energy savings in South Africa.   The South African Energy Efficiency Label would be attached to all appliances that meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) so that... 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

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