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IFC, Sodigaz partner to boost access to cleaner energy solutions in Burkina Faso

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2021 World Bank Group member the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Burkina Faso energy company Sodigaz have entered into an agreement to boost access to cleaner energy solutions for thousands of households and businesses in Burkina Faso. Under the agreement, the IFC’s advisory services team... 

RMIPPPP preferred bidder confirms delay to end-Jan 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2021 One of the preferred bidders participating in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has confirmed that government has delayed the deadline of financial close to end of January. The delay was foreseen, but not confirmed by September 30, which was... 

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe named the initial eight RMIPPPP preferred bidders on March 18

Opinion: Energy storage solutions, batteries and bankability of those solutions in sub-Saharan Africa

1st October 2021 In this opinion article, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-head Martin Kavanagh and finance practice senior associate Joanne Elson write about their predictions for the use of energy storage solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the key areas for consideration when developing and... 

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Martin Kavanagh

Wind energy push could help turbocharge SA’s economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2021 The restart of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme’s (REIPPPP’s) Bid Window 5 (BW5), following a considerable hiatus, has brought with it with substantial investment and commitment. This demonstrates that developers can address the electricity-generation needs of... 

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Developer highlights latest bidding round as milestone

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a key milestone along South Africa’s energy path and confirms government’s commitment to address power generation shortages in the country, says independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq chief... 

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ASSURING UPTAKE The local wind energy sector needs predictability and a steady flow of procurement over the coming years to justify investments in new capacity

Atlas project to be finalised

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 Local wind energy collaboration the South African Wind Energy Programme (SAWEP) is in the final stages of completing the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) Phase 3 project this year, says SAWEP project manager Andre Otto. SAWEP is a multiyear technical assistance project, funded by the Global... 

Event celebrates ten-year milestone

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 The annual Windaba Conference and Exhibition 2021, will take place on October 7 and 8 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre as part of celebrating the wind industry’s being operational in South Africa for ten years, says South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) chairperson Mercia... 

Positive prospects for wind energy

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 The outlook for the local wind energy sector is “exciting and positive” when considering the wind energy projects that have been implemented throughout South Africa in recent years, which capitalised on increased investor and developer interest in renewable-energy projects, states engineering... 

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DINESH BULDOO South Africa has ideal wind energy resources, and has progressed in harnessing this potential through previous REIPPPP rounds, with about 2.2 GW of installed capacity

Project a blueprint for renewables future

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 The Oya Energy Hybrid dispatchable facility, which consists of colocated solar, wind and battery storage energy, will form a blueprint for the way in which South Africa’s energy grid will be able to operate on 100% renewable energy, says energy project developer G7 Renewable Energies MD Dr... 

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FOREFRONT OF WIND INNOVATION The Oya facility shows the value of wind energy to the grid, and that reliable energy can be supplied to South African consumers with battery storage

Eskom mulls legal options as Energy Regulator rejects MYPD5 application 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2021 The Energy Regulator has voted to reject Eskom’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) application for the three financial years from 2022/23 to 2024/25 and will now request the utility to make a new one-year submission "preferably based on the principles of a new [methodology] approach... 

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Nersa will hold public hearings on its proposed new price determination methodology from October 25 to 29

Sun Exchange secures $2.5m convertible note financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2021 Crowd-based solar leasing platform Sun Exchange has secured $2.5-million in convertible note financing from Mauritian private equity fund ARPF, which is advised by London-based ARCH Emerging Markets Partners (ARCH). This follows the company’s close of a $4-million Series A funding round in 2020,... 

An image of a solar plant at Boland Wines financed through Sun Exchange
A solar plant at Boland Wines financed through Sun Exchange

Germany commits €100m to Sefa to unlock private investment in renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2021 The German government will contribute €100-million to the African Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), affirming its commitment to efforts to tap Africa’s renewable energy potential and drive its transition to clean energy sources. The funding will be used to unlock... 

Mantashe touts coal carbon capture as envoys meet 

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2021 South Africa’s energy minister encouraged investment in technology that could potentially prolong the use of coal by mitigating emissions while a visiting delegation of rich nations were working on a plan to end the nation’s dependence on the fossil fuel. The call by Mineral and Energy Resources... 

Africa needs $240bn to transition to clean energy, Ramaphosa says

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2021 Sub-Saharan Africa needs $240-billion for the region to transition to a clean energy, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “We need grant funding to help us transition,” he said. “If we get the funding we will migrate far quicker to renewable... 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Energy efficiency standards, labelling programmes effective, says SANEDI 

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2021 The International Energy Agency's (IEA's) 'Achievements of Energy Efficiency Appliance and Equipment Standards and Labelling Programmes' report states that labelling electrical equipment according to energy performance helps consumers make informed buying decisions, leading to billions of dollars... 

Rich nations pitch climate aid to fund South Africa coal exit 

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2021 Envoys from some of the world’s richest nations met with South African cabinet ministers on Tuesday to discuss a climate deal that could see billions of dollars put toward ending the country’s dependence on coal. The delegation is trying to hammer out an agreement that can be announced at the... 

Necsa welcomes Nersa decision on new nuclear energy for South Africa 

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th September 2021 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Wednesday announced its support of the recent National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) decision to approve the Section 34 (of the Electricity Regulation Act) Determination for 2 500 MW of new nuclear energy. Necsa described this... 

‘Just Transition Transaction’ can unlock fiscal space for South Africa’s low-carbon shift

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 A Just Transition Transaction (JTT) that enables South Africa to secure highly concessional finance from rich countries in return for accelerated decarbonisation would help create the fiscal space required to take such a programme forward, a new Meridian Economics study asserts. Released to... 

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The transaction is seen as complementing Eskom's own Just Energy Transition Transaction, which is meant to start with repowering and repurposing projects at Komati (pictured)

Congo reviews $6.2bn China mining deal as criticism grows 

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began reviewing a $6.2-billion minerals-for-infrastructure deal with China that’s faced growing criticism since President Felix Tshisekedi came to power almost three years ago. Congo’s council of ministers agreed to create a commission to investigate “major... 

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

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IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Arise IIP gets carbon neutral certification for Gabon SEZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2021 Pan-African industrial parks developer Arise IIP has been awarded a carbon neutral certification for its Gabon special economic zone (SEZ). The certification provides a transparent third-party assessment of the SEZ’s carbon footprint and offsetting. 

EPC regulations to support energy efficiency businesses, says Alliance Energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2021 The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations gazetted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in December 2020 present opportunities for individuals and businesses in the energy sector, including young professionals, entrepreneurs and graduates in the engineering... 

Immediate introduction of new tariff methodology ‘not feasible’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is “not feasible” for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to make a revenue determination, for implementation on April 1 2022, on the basis of a new methodology that has yet to be consulted or finalised. On September 24, Nersa... 

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Nuclear corporation highlights benefits to South Africa of Multipurpose Reactor project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th September 2021 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has highlighted the importance to the country, and indeed the wider world, of the now-authorised programme to construct a new Multipurpose Reactor (MPR). It did so in its statement, issued on Sunday, welcoming the Cabinet’s decision to approve... 

Risks linked to South Africa’s more ambitious decarbonisation pledge not yet ‘adequately addressed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2021 Minerals Council South Africa has signalled its support for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy, but is concerned that the immediate risks associated with the country’s more ambitious decarbonisation targets are not being adequately addressed. CEO Roger Baxter told participants to a... 

Image from Daylin Paul’s photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga
An image from Daylin Paul’s black and white photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, which offers a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga

China bailing on overseas coal should be a boon for renewables

By: Bloomberg     23rd September 2021 If China puts the same financial heft behind green energy in emerging nations as it has in developing fossil fuels projects overseas, it’ll be a step change for global investment in renewables. President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly this week that China will accelerate... 

Sasol's revised decarbonisation commitments 

23rd September 2021 Sasol has announced revised and accelerated decarbonisation commitments. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the significance of the 2030 target and the group’s promise to be net-zero by 2050.   

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Sasol's revised decarbonisation commitments

AIIM says six more solar PV projects reach commercial operation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2021 Six more solar photovoltaic (PV) projects situated in the Northern Cape and North West provinces have reached commercial operation, infrastructure equity investment management company African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) reported on Wednesday. These projects include the 50 MW De... 

Exxaro, Cennergi developing 70 MW solar project in Lephalale

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ renewable energy subsidiary, Cennergi, will develop the 70 MW Lephalale solar project to supply the Grootegeluk coal mine, near Lephalale, Limpopo. The group announced on Wednesday that Exxaro Coal and Cennergi had concluded a term sheet, setting out material... 

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Exxaro's Tshikondeni Microgrid

Sasol triples 2030 decarbonisation target, makes net-zero by 2050 pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a material acceleration of its decarbonisation plans, confirming that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 rather than by the much-criticised 10% level to which it initially committed. CEO Fleetwood Grobler has also pledged... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
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Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Importance of sustainable energy underlined

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2021 In dealing with its current energy crisis, South Africa must ensure that it shores up reliable short- and long-term supply options that adhere to sustainable energy objectives.    This was indicated by speakers on the first day of the 11th yearly Sustainability Summit on September 21, during the... 

Coalition puts pressure on govt to cancel plans for new coal-fired power  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2021 Environmental and climate justice groups have called on Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and regulatory authority the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to abandon plans to develop 1 500 MW of new coal-fired electricity. “The development of new coal-fired power is... 

China to stop building new coal-fired power projects abroad

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2021 China plans to stop building new coal-fired power plants abroad, President Xi Jinping said at a virtual United Nations General Assembly meeting on Tuesday. The announcement came a year after Xi surprised world leaders by pledging to make China carbon-neutral by 2060 after reaching peak emissions... 

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President Xi Jinping addressing a virtual United Nations General Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

Nersa approves Karpowership generation licences

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved three generation licences for floating powership provider Karpowership. The decision was taken at a special meeting of the energy regulator on Tuesday afternoon. The regulator approved generation licences for Karpowership at... 

Nkabane says South Africa will move ahead with nuclear procurement in 2022  

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2021 Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane says that South Africa plans to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for a 2 500 MW nuclear programme by the end of March 2022 and complete the procurement in 2024. In an address to the sixty-fifth general conference of the... 

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The only allocation made in the IRP 2019 for nuclear relates to extending Koeberg's life

Banks balk at backing emergency power bidders

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2021 A court case filed by a losing bidder in South Africa’s emergency power program threatens to delay the provision of the electricity by months as banks balk at providing funding because of the risk of an adverse judgment. Officials at three of the seven preferred bidders selected to provide power... 

Banks balk at backing emergency power bidders

Sasol, Imperial explore hydrogen options for decarbonising long-haul trucking

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2021 South African companies Sasol and Imperial Logistics have entered into an agreement to explore options and solutions for decarbonising heavy-duty long-haul trucking, including through the use of fuel cell electric (FCE) trucks fuelled by green hydrogen. Sasol has already announced its intention... 

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An Imperial Logistics truck
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