The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it will soon release bid documentation Bid Window 5 its renewable-energy procurement programme (REIPPPP).
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
This follows the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) agreement with a Section 34 Ministerial determination which allows for the procurement of an additional 11,8 GW of generating capacity.
This new generating capacity is expected to be provided by 6,8 GW of onshore wind and solar PV, 3 GW of gas to power, 1,5 GW of new coal, and 0,5 GW of energy storage.
Andre de Ruyter, the CEO of Eskom, says this additional generation capacity is “urgently required, and will be an important contribution towards ending load-shedding”.
This latest announcement will help to address an energy-supply gap which was identified in DMRE’s latest iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) which was published in October last year.
According to studies undertaken by Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the energy-supply gap in South Africa could be as much as 8 GW. Eskom says that an additional 3 GW is needed immediately to meet demand.