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Draft IRP to be Tabled in Cabinet in September 2019

July 22, 2019

Department of Energy

22 July 2019

The Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be tabled in cabinet for final approval by the end of September 2019.

The energy department confirmed during a recent briefing on its 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan to the select committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy in parliament.

The Draft IRP is currently under discussion in Nedlac.

The Draft IRP, South Africa’s policy blueprint for the power sector, was drawn up in conjunction with experts from industry and academia.

It was published for comment at the end of August 2018.

During a media briefing last year at the release of the revised plan, the department indicated that a number of policy adjustments had been made including the retention of annual build limits for the period up to 2030, the inclusion of 1000MW of coal-to-power in 2023–2024, based on two already procured and announced projects, the inclusion of 2500MW of hydro power in 2030 to facilitate the RSA-DRC treaty on the Inga Hydro Power Project and the utilization of existing PV, Wind and Gas allocations in the plan.

The following new additional capacity by 2030 was included in the Draft IRP: 1000 MW of generation from Coal, 2 500 MW from Hydro, 5 670 MW from PV, 8 100 MW from Wind and 8 100 MW from Gas.

The envisaged energy mix by 2030 will consist of 34 000 MW of coal (46%); 1 860 MW of nuclear (2.5%); 4 696 MW of hydro (6%); 2 912 MW of pumped storage (4%); 7 958 MW of solar PV (10%); 11 442 MW of wind (15%); 11 930 MW of gas (16%) and 600 MW of concentrated solar power (1%).

The department also indicated that the Draft Radioactive Waste Management Fund Bill has been drawn up.

Stakeholder consultations were held with Eskom, South African Nuclear Corporation, National Nuclear Regulator, National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute and National Treasury.

The Socio Economic Impact Assessment Study (SEIAS) Phase 1 report has been submitted to the planning, monitoring and evaluation department (DPME) and the Memorandum of Objects submitted to the Chief State Law Advisor.

The DPME submitted comments to the department on the SEIAS 1 report which are currently being addressed.

Meanwhile, the department has called for, in Notice 1000, the nomination of a candidate to serve as a full-time regulator member with the National Energy Regulator (NERSA).

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for electricity and will serve a five-year term.

In Notice 1001, the department has called for nominations of candidates to serve as part-time regulator members for NERSA.

Part-time members serve a four-year term.

Nominees are expected to possess adequate legal, technical, business, economic or other experience relevant to the electricity, piped-gas or petroleum industries.

Nominations for both notices are invited until 23 August 2019.