We can’t turn back on the path of IPPs

"Renewable energy has a key and lasting role to play in SA’s future. Our renewable energy sector has been built up in the past four years and has contributed significantly to the growth of our economy. We expect this sector to continue to grow in the years ahead.

"This also speaks to the COP21 commitments made by the government in 2015 - we pledged to become a ‘low-carbon’ economy. Together with our colleagues in the government, we recognise that energy is key to unlocking SA’s economic and socioeconomic development objectives and potential.

"Our current policy frameworks have been specifically designed to take cognisance of the country’s energy needs and costs as well as the environment and economic development objectives, thus targeting a diversified energy mix less reliant on fossil fuels and incorporating cleaner energy. This mix includes a variety of generation sources including coal, nuclear, renewables and gas. These are not mutually exclusive. We need all of these in a rapidly transforming and innovative industry."

Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Business Day, 29 July 2016

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

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 reiterated the significant role renewable-energy has already, and will still, play in South Africa’s energy mix.

The CBIPPPP, modelled on the successful REIPPPP, aims to procure up to 2500 MW of electricity from coal-fired power stations, with individual project bids capped at 600 MW a project.

Through the first round of the CBIPPPP, around 900 MW of capacity is set to be procured from two projects under the ministerial determination.

Engineering News, 29 July 2016

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged state-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects.

Outa spokesperson Ted Blom commented that the parastatal’s “many inefficiencies” and “lack of good governance and leadership” had led to a lack of public confidence in its ability to progress the nuclear “saga”.

“It is time that Eskom became more transparent and positively engaged with society on its many issues,” he said in a statement.

Engineering News, 28 July 2016

Zimbabwe: Dema Emergency Power Plant operational

Zimbabwe’s short-term power supply intervention marks its first milestone as the Dema Emergency Power Plant comes online.

According to local media The Herald, last week the Dema Emergency Power Plant was declared to have started feeding 100 MW to the national grid, boosting the country’s energy supply capacity.

The power plant falls under a number of projects being implemented on a short-term basis by government to curb power shortages as well as being key to driving the government's economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.

ESI Africa, 28 July 2016

SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results

South African oil and gas junior SacOil is optimistic that energy major Total could initiate a drilling campaign in 2017 on a resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following positive geophysical exploration results.

The French group is the operating partner over the 3177 km2-licence area, known as Block III, and recently completed the acquisition of 244 km of 2D seismic data over the northern part of the block.

The onshore acreage, which lies to south of Lake Albert, in DRC, also forms part of a larger basin, which has been the subject of extensive exploration on the Uganda side of the border. In fact, Total and others have made significant discoveries in Uganda and the group has signaled its intention to develop multiple oil finds, which could be evacuated through a planned US$3.5 billion Uganda-Tanzania export pipeline.

Engineering News, 29 July 2016

Cennergi 134 MW wind farm reaches commercial operation

On Friday, Indian integrated power company, Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, Tata Power’s joint-venture with Exxaro Resources in South Africa, announced that its 134 MW wind farm has achieved commercial operation.

The Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, was developed under the second bid window of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power programme, where the Indian firm was selected as the preferred bidder.

ESI Africa, 1 August 2016

Rural electrification projects for Africa: Orange

International business telecoms group, Orange, has announced its intentions of expanding its scope of business and will be piloting a number of energy projects in Africa.

Bruno Mettling, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa (MEA), revealed the development, which includes rural electrification projects, last week during the company’s 4th annual strategy and activity update presented to the media and analysts in London, UK.

The French telecoms corporation stated that in November 2016, it will be launching its rural electrification programme that will provide affordable solutions, either to individual customers or to collectives who are not currently served by traditional electricity grid.

ESI Africa, 2 August 2016