The Department of Energy (DoE) will make a preliminary information memorandum on the gas-to-power programme available to the market within the 2016/17 financial year, which, according to the minister of energy, Tina Joemat‐Pettersson, will lay the foundation “prior to commencing with the formal procurement process later in the year”.
She further outlined that the Port of Ngqura – adjacent to the Coega IDZ, is one of the potential ports considered for the implementation of the gas-to-power programme.
Sakhumzi Somyo, MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism in the Eastern Cape, said: “The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega IDZ now clearly the province’s preferred location for the development.”
The province’s potentially “game-changing” shale gas reserves, extensive oil and gas exploration opportunities off its coast and the world-class deep-water Port of Ngqura could be used to leverage gas imports and exports, as well as for the conversion of the Dedisa Power Plant at Coega.
Source: ESI Africa