Recently appointed Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins is yet to determine whether the next coal-fired power generation capacity – a project that has been widely dubbed ‘Coal Three’ – is to be built by State-owned electricity utility Eskom, or by an independent power producer (IPP).
Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane reports that the most recent Cabinet lekgotla determined only that new coal-fired capacity would be required beyond that being developed currently by Eskom at the Medupi and Kusile sites, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But she stressed that Cabinet had not been prescriptive in outlining which entity should be responsible for construction and operation of the new plant.
Sharing a podium with Martins and Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson at a briefing in Pretoria, Magubane said: “Cabinet did not say that Eskom is going to build [Coal Three]”. Read on Engineering News >