US Charge d’Affaires for South Africa, Catherine Hill-Herndon, has said a new gas field south of Cape Town, Ibhubesi, could potentially be used as a source of natural gas to fuel the South African government’s plan for gas-fired power plants.
The South African Department of Energy intends to introduce 2,600 MW of gas-fired generation to back up solar power under South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for Electricty, 2010-2030, she added.
Gas to replace coal in generation mix
Under the plan, the South African government forsees securing a minimum 711 MW from combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), between 2019 and 2021 as back up for solar-power pants to ‘improve security of supply.’ Read on SA Alt En Assoc >.
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