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

Terence Creamer | 9th May 2013 | Engineering News

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 preferred bids in May last year under South Africa’s increasingly acclaimed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – comprise wind, solar and mini-hydro projects collectively representing 1 044 MW of capacity.

In fact, there are nine solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined allocation of 417.1 MW, seven wind projects selected, representing 562.6 MW, two small hydropower projects of 14.3 MW each and one 50 MW concentrated solar project (CSP).

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Construction on Bronkhorstspruit biogas plant to start in June

Idéle Esterhuizen | 16 Apr 2013 | Engineering News

Construction on the Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant (BBP) would start in June and be completed in the first quarter of next year, the project developer Bio 2 Watt says.

Founder Sean Thomas told Engineering News Online that the project, with an initial installed capacity of 3 MW, would reach financial close by the end of May and eventually ramp up to a 5 MW capacity.

He explained that the plant would make use of technology supplied by Danish company ComBigaS to generate energy through anaerobic digestion. Cattle manure will be the primary feedstock of the plant, with the rest consisting essentially of food waste.

Further, consulting engineering company Bosch Projects would provide engineering support for the project.

Thomas noted that the plant would be connected to State utility Eskom’s grid and the power sold to a large industrial offtaker in Pretoria.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) this week cancelled the public hearing on the project’s generation licence application, which was scheduled to take place on April 16.

This came as Nersa had received no comments or objections to the project and no members of the public had registered to present or attend the public hearing.

In October 2011, Bio 2 Watt submitted a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) carbon credit project description of BBP to the South African carbon credit authority, Designated National Authority (DNA) within the Department of Energy.

The following month, the DNA provided Bio 2 Watt with a letter of no objection, stating the project does not show conflict with the sustainability development criteria for CDM carbon credit projects.

SOURCE: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/construction-on-bronkhorstspruit-biogas-plant-to-start-in-june-2013-04-15

Eskom’s five-year breathing space was wasted

Business Day Live 28 March 2013.

FOR South Africa’s energy situation, it is both a blessing and a curse that the global economy has gone through as tough a time as it has over the past five years.

It is definitely a blessing because, as we found out in January 2008, the country’s energy grid just could not deal with the extent of demand for power from smelters and mines that were buoyant because of the high commodity prices…


DRC, SA Energy Ministers meet to finalise Grand Inga treaty

Engineering News 6 March 2013.

South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Hydro Resources and Electricity Minister Bruno Kapanji Kalala will meet in Lubumbashi on Thursday and Friday with the intention of finalising the text of the proposed Grand Inga Project Treaty.

The treaty is expected to cover the governance of the project, financial issues, and the rights and obligations of the partners…


Nuclear, shale gas should be part of SA’s future power mix – Peters

Engineering News 19 February 2013.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has reiterated her support for the development of new nuclear capacity in South Africa, which she says is necessary to meet the country’s commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, while ensuring sufficient baseload capacity to support economic growth…

But many questions had been raised about the affordability of the programme and whether or not it was prudent to invest in large generating plants ahead of smaller, more modular solutions that could be more responsive to changes in demand-growth patterns…


Keynote address by the Minister of Energy of South Africa, Ms Dipuo Peters, MP, at the Africa Energy Indaba

South Africa Government Information 19 February 2013.

Programme Director,
The World Energy Council Secretary General, Mr Chistoph Frei
The CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki
Chairman of the South African National Energy Association, Mr Brian Statham
Energy and infrastructure representatives from various parts of Africa
Esteemed guests,
Ladies and gentlemen.

Let me share our appreciation for this platform made possible by the conference organisers. Platforms like these are important as they continue to cultivate dialogue between government and all other stakeholders in the energy sector.

This Indaba affords us an opportunity to reflect on a number of key issues and areas of common ground on the African continent, particularly as they relate to the exiting developments currently occurring in the energy space.

It also assists us in engaging on the challenges facing not only us as the continent, but the globe as a whole. As South Africa, we remain firmly committed to the development and rise of Africa. Our foreign policy and international relations posture is a clear indication of such, and this remain a key pillar of our work.

In August 2012, South Africa published its National Development Plan (NDP), which has subsequently been adopted by the African National Congress at its 53rd National Conference held in Mangaung in December 2012.

The Minister in the Presidency and Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Mr Trevor Manuel, MP, asserted that “the plan sets targets for energy consumption, the carbon intensity of the energy supply, water supply, rail and port capacity”…

More of the same…

South Africa’s solar water heating programme to involve municipalities

SAAEA 15 February 2013.

South Africa has allocated R4.7 billion over three years to support the installation of solar water heaters (SWHs) countrywide. This funding has been specifically and exclusively allocated to Eskom as the programme implementer, though a process of allocating systems to municipalities is also under development…