Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Bottlenecks existing in the legislative environment, trade policies and support required to kickstart the hydrogen production and fuel cell industries must be resolved.
The mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, declared this during an address at the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) Industry Day in Johannesburg.
The minister called on the industry to “unpack the potentials of the PGM industry and share insights on how we can collaboratively resolve challenges encountered”.
The minister emphasized that future PGM demand will “largely be driven more by the implementation of tighter emissions legislations which will boost platinum use in autocatalytic converters in the short to medium term”.
According to the minister, South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley will identify stable and established project opportunities for kick-starting hydrogen initiatives in promising hubs in order to boost economic growth and job creation.
“This in turn is set to spur the development of circular industries, increasing local platinum demand, and reducing its carbon footprint”, he said.
Meanwhile, the department has called on interested parties to register prospective bids under Bid Window 6 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme.
The Request for Qualification and Proposals was published in Government Gazette 46206.
Bid Window 6 flows from the Ministerial Determination in September 2020 that seeks to procure 11 813 MW of power from various sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.
Bids must be submitted by 11 August 2022.