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Procurement Timelines for New Generation Capacity in the Pipeline

November 20, 2020

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Procurement timelines for the rest of the 11 813 megawatts Ministerial Determination for energy beyond Bid Window (BW) 5 of renewable energy will be released soon.

The mineral resources and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, revealed this in an address at the South Africa Investment Conference on building and implementing South Africa’s energy plan.

The Section 34 Ministerial Determination issued earlier this year enables the mineral resources and energy department to undertake procurement of additional electricity capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019).

Various BWs will be opened up including BW5 of renewable energy.

In an earlier statement, the department indicated that the “capacity determined is 6 800 megawatts (MW) to be generated from renewable energy sources (Photovoltaic and Wind), 513 MW to be generated from storage, 3 000 MW to be generated from gas, and 1 500 MW to be generated from coal.”

As a consequence, an additional 11 813 MW of power will be developed from 2022.

The minister declared that the department is on track to fully implement the IRP 2019.

He added that the IRP 2019 allocates the biggest growth to renewable energy for the period between now and 2030.

In terms of the power purchase programme to supplement Eskom’s supply, the minister highlighted a number of interventions including the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – request for proposals by 22 December 2020, generation for own use and municipal generation.