Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Joburg has received applications for 32 MW of rooftop solar

Johannesburg’s City Power estimates that there are already 4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop capacity in operation across the city and has revealed that it has received applications for the installation of a further 32 MW.

Engineering News, 25 September 2015

Gas must play big role in SA energy mix - Econometrix report

Natural gas should play a major role in South Africa’s future energy mix‚ according to a new report from Econometrix‚ as it could add ZAR645 billion to the country’s gross domestic product and create 1.7 million jobs.

Creating a natural gas sector would unlock billions of rands of investment while stimulating new industries and skilled job creation.

Business Day, 28 September 2015

Africa must focus on oceans, power and ICTs - Zuma

A focus on oceans, power generation and information and communications technology (ICT) will move Africa towards a new era of inclusive growth, President Jacob Zuma said in New York on Sunday.

Zuma said South Africa’s Energy Security Master Plan calls for a radical change in the energy sector. “We are looking at an energy mix that comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy,” he said.

Engineering News, 28 September 2015

Renewables bid submission postponed to November 2015

The Department of Energy issued briefing note 36 in which it announced the postponement of the bid submission date for the Expedited Bid Submission Phase to 11 November 2015. In the same briefing note the Department asked bidders to reconfirm whether they would still be submitting bids and this confirmation is required by no later than 2 November 2015.

DoE, 28 September 2015

Gas to become key electricity source, says Joemat-Pettersson

Natural gas will become a key source of electricity in SA’s plan to reduce dependence on coal, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Tuesday.

The government is pushing to add gas to SA’s energy mix as coal-fired electricity - accounting for more than three quarters of total output - falls short of demand, causing power cuts nationwide. With scant proven gas reserves of its own and virtually no gas-fired generation, the country will need to build infrastructure to import, transport and burn the fuel.

Business Day, 29 September 2015

DA calls Treasury out on nuclear build programme developments

Political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), is questioning Treasury and the Department of Energy following a National Treasury official receiving training in nuclear finance at a cost of ZAR500 000 ($35 607.98) in the 2014/15 financial year.

According to a statement issued by the DA, this information, which was disclosed in the National Treasury’s annual report, goes against claims made by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson saying that the Treasury had only recently been invited into the decision-making process on the financing of the nuclear build programme.

ESI Africa, 29 September 2015

DoE says power-strapped SA must help neighbours with electricity supply

As South Africa faces a shortfall in electricity, gas as power could increasingly become an option, but the Department of Energy (DoE) has advised potential bidders for gas projects in South Africa that it also needs to consider proposals from other Southern African countries.

DoE Deputy Director-General of Electricity Policy, Planning and Clean Energy Ompi Aphane was outspoken about the need to help neighbouring countries, some of whom were facing a bigger power crisis than South Africa.

Engineering News, 30 September 2015


The above reflects a summary of certain news articles published during the preceding week. It is not an expression of opinion in respect of each matter, nor may it be considered as a disclosure of advice by any employee of Hogan Lovells.


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