Speaking at a Cabinet briefing, the minister in the Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation, Jeff Radebe, indicated that there is no intention to “change course midstream” when it came to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
He endorsed the energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s, statement that South Africa is pursuing a “diversified energy mix”, which would include IPPs and the new nuclear build programme. This followed revelations that the Eskom chairperson, Dr Ben Ngubane, wrote her a letter indicating that the state-owned utility was unwilling to sign further power purchase agreements with IPPs beyond the preferred projects selected under bid window 4.5.
Joemat-Pettersson said there will shortly be announcements on the expedited round for renewable energy projects, as well as requests for proposals (RFPs) for the coal and gas IPP projects.
Radebe also reiterated the government’s earlier position that there had been no deal with the Russians to build 9 600MW of new nuclear capacity, but indicated that the government still intends pursuing the technology.
Source: Mining Weekly