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9 Marzo 2018

Sud Africa

NEW ENERGY MINISTER UNLOCKS US$ 4.7BN IN RENEWABLES INVESTMENT

South Africa's energy minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on 8 March to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on March 13. The solar and wind projects, valued at R56-billion, were procured in 2015 under bid windows 3.5 and 4 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPPP). However, in mid-2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom indicated that it was not willing to sign further power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewables projects, owing to its return to a surplus generation position. The projects would add 2 305 MW to the grid and are expected to reach financial close before the end of July. The projects are also expected to create 61 000 jobs, mostly during the construction phase. The 20-year PPAs for the wind projects would have associated tariffs ranging from 56c/kWh to 76c/kWh, while the solar photovoltaic tariffs would range from 77c/kWh to 87c/kWh.  Radebe also announced that government would be proceeding with two coal baseload IPP projects, which had also stalled, and would also move to conclude agreements for another 19 renewables projects bid in 2015. Together these projects would attract further investments of more than R103-billion. In addition, the IPP Office had been mandated to finalise all outstanding requirements for the signing of agreements for 20 small-scale renewable-energy projects, which range between 1 MW and 5 MW in capacity. Radebe would also lead a delegation to meet with South Africa’s gas-rich neighbours in a bid to facilitate the development of a gas market. However, Breytenbach said there were still various matters to address before the IPP Office would be in a position to approach the market with gas-infrastructure and gas-to-power plans. In fact, she said a request for proposal should not be anticipated before the first quarter of 2019. Radebe indicated that the IPP announcement was part of a 100-day action plan, during which he would also address other pressing energy matters, including South Africa’s position on nuclear and the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). (Engineering News) (ICE JOHANNESBURG)