SA urged to create a competitive electricity market

Engineering News 5 June 2013.

Solving South Africa’s power crisis will assist the country in achieving sustainable economic growth and help government deliver on its National Development Plan, Free Market Foundation director Eustace Davie said on Wednesday.

He stated that the Department of Energy had to open doors and tweak energy policy regulations to allow for the easy integration of independent power producers (IPPs) into the electricity market…


Underground coal gas power project on cards in Free State

Engineering News 24 April 2013.

JOHANNESBURG ( – A project that will supply underground coal gas from a deep, stranded coal deposit in the Free State to an independent power producer (IPP) is at an advanced stage of planning.

Former Sasol executives Johan Brand and Eliphus Monkoe, who bought 1.4-billion tons of coal near Theunissen from BHP Billiton, have teamed up as African Carbon Energy (Africary), which has been operating since 2007.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with a still-to-be-named IPP, which will build, own and operate a 50 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant and buy the underground coal gasification- (UCG-) produced syngas as a fuel gas from Africary.

“We will be transforming the face of coal mining and electricity production in South Africa,” Brand told Mining Weekly Online in an interview on the sidelines of the Fossil Fuel Foundation UCG workshop on Wednesday…

(Contributor’s note: What about doing an EIA? What about their carbon emissions? What about fugitive emissions? What about water usage? What about the air pollution from the incineration of the waste condensate? What about jumping through all the hoops that the renewable energy IPPs had to?)


Investment in Zambia power generation critical for continued growth

Natalie Greve | 10th April 2013 | Engineering News

Zambia would need to install an additional 4 330 MW of power generation capacity at a cost of $12-billion by 2020 to ensure the country’s continued economic growth, Copperbelt Energy Corporation strategy and regulation director Sylvester Hibajene said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Power & Electricity World Africa conference, in Johannesburg, he said the bulk of the additional power generation capacity would come from hydropower, which had been identified by the Zambian government as the most appropriate power generation medium.

Hibajene told delegates at the conference that government had developed strong regulatory and policy support mechanisms to attract investment into the hydropower development sector. Continue reading

DoE to release baseload IPP procurement documents in Q3

Engineering News 11 February 2013.

The Department of Energy (DoE) expects to release procurement documents for a baseload independent power producer (IPP) programme during the third quarter of 2013, and has confirmed that the programme will be in accordance with a determination released by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on December 19, 2012.

The determination, which was published with the concurrence of National Energy Regulator of South Africa chairperson Cecilia Khuzwayo, outlines the DoE’s intention to procure from IPPs generating power from coal, natural gas and hydroelectric facilities…


Power procurement to boost jobs

Business Report 21 May 2012.

The government wants to use the renewable energy independent power producers’ programme to boost job creation, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday…

IPP window first announcement

South African Government Information 12 May 2012.

The submission date for the 2nd window of the request for bids for the Independent Power Producers Programme was set for 5 March 2012. The Department of Energy (DoE) wishes to inform all interested parties that by the end of the submission date 79 bids were received, and that the evaluation process has now been concluded. The evaluation team notes that there has been a notable improvement in the quality of bids when comparisons are made with Window 1.

The announcement of the preferred bidders from Window 2 will no longer take place on 14 May 2012 as initially planned in line with the Request For Proposals (RFP) provisions. The Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, has decided that given the importance of the department’s 2012 Budget Vote Speech which is scheduled for 16h45 on Thursday, 17 May 2012 in the Old Assembly of the National Assembly in Cape Town, it would be fitting for the RFP announcement to be deferred to Monday, 21 May 2012.

No further information is available on this issue for now, and further details with regards the announcement will be provided in due course.

Johannes Mokobane
Cell: 082 766 3674
Tel: 012 444 4612

Issued by: Department of Energy
12 May 2012

The Future of PV in South Africa

Renewable Energy Focus 17 April 2012.

As part of the PV Project Development Summit South Africa 2012 we are delighted to announce a complimentary webinar to discuss the impact of Phase I of South Africa’s Integrated Resource plan (IRP), and the key challenges faced in PV project development.

This will take place on Wednesday 25th April at 09.30AM (BST) / 10.30AM (SAST)

During this one hour interactive session, Davin Chown of SAPVIA, Linda Thompson the head of solar developments at Mainstream Renewable Power and Conrad Hefer from Cresco Project Finance will debate and discuss these critical topics:

  • The Future of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan: How has phase I of the IRP impacted market growth in South Africa, considering future government subsidies, financing, infrastructure and PV’s tender in future rounds?
  • Project Development: Assess the project development challenges unique to South Africa and see how financial, technical and infrastructural roadblocks have been overcome in Phase I
  • Progress in Phase I: Have the critical foundations been laid in South Africa to guarantee Phase I projects are completed on time and on budget?

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 25th April at @09.30 (BST).

The webinar is free, and as it is online you don’t even need to leave the office to participate.  We will be running some industry polls, and a live Q&A will allow you to put your issues to the presenters.

You can find out more information and reserve your complimentary place by following the link below – spaces are limited so I advise you to sign up immediately:

I hope you can join us!


Jack Ahearne
Global Events Director
CSP Today | PV Insider
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