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Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

23 October 2015

SADC should invest more in renewables

Experts are advising that more investments in renewables are needed as an alternative to hydropower and thermal generation.  This is largely due to irregular rainfalls across the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, resulting in a drop in hydro output and increased thermal power generation costs.

ESI-Africa, 20 October 2015

DoE invitation for bids – solar water heater social facilitation

Medium to long-term solar water heater (SWH) installation targets are considered a reflection of South Africa's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electricity demand, encouraging job creation and access to hot water, and encouraging more local content and production. In order to show this commitment, the government has set a cumulative target of 1.75 million SWH installations by 2019 - further increased to five million by 2030 in the National Development Plan.

As the Department of Energy (DoE) is now effectively the custodian of the  programme, it is calling for a panel of service providers to undertake social facilitation for the DoE under the national solar water heater programme for the period 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years (Bid No: DOE/005/2015/16).

ESI-Africa, 20 October 2015

Molefe: Eskom budget can't support new IPPs

Eskom’s snub against any more independent power producers (IPPs) connecting much needed power to the grid was a temporary measure, said CEO Brian Molefe.

Eskom said on Tuesday that its current financial plan cannot support any new IPP connections as well as energy purchases. “Eskom believes that non-issuance of budget quotes is a temporary measure and that very soon a lasting solution will be found to address this matter,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Engineering News, 20 October 2015

IPPs could have legal case for lack of grid access – Competition Commission

Independent power producers (IPPs) active in South Africa could well have a legal case against energy utility Eskom, should the parastatal be found to have breached the ambits of the Competition Act by denying them access to the national electricity grid to distribute power to third parties, the South African Independent Power Producers Association (Saippa) heard on Tuesday.

Engineering News, 20 October 2015

No private sector input, no gas policy

On Tuesday, South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson stressed that she would not be making any final decisions on the country’s much anticipated gas policy until she felt that the private sector has had sufficient participation in the process.

“I will not put pen to paper and add my signature to a policy if I am not convinced that the private sector has had sufficient participation in the policy making process of the Gas Utilisation Master Plan [GUMP],” Joemat-Pettersson said at a conference in Cape Town on Tuesday.

ESI-Africa, 21 October 2015

Treasury earmarks ZAR200m for nuclear energy prep work

To reduce electricity supply shortages, the National Treasury is working with the Department of Energy to consider the costs, benefits and risks of building additional nuclear power stations in South Africa. Over the medium term, ZAR200 million would be allocated to support preparatory work for nuclear procurement.

Engineering News, 21 October 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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