Engineering News 25 March, 2014.
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal governmental approvals have been secured.
Under the baseload determination, 2 500 MW had been allocated for coal-fired IPP projects, 2 652 MW for baseload ormid-merit natural gas capacity and 2 609 MW for domestic andimported hydro-electricity prospects. In addition, the DoE planned to procure 474 MW from near-term natural gas projectsas outlined under the Medium-Term Risk Mitigation Plan, which also included a further 800 MW allocation for cogenerationcapacity, arising from biomass, industrial waste and combined heat and power sources.
However, the DoE also revealed that the procurement process for gas IPPs would need to be guided by a Gas Utilisation Master Plan, which should be published in June 2014. For this reason any gas IPP procurement programme would only be initiated thereafter.