SA weighs appointment of more IPPs, as green-energy portfolio expands to R150bn

Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins says it is premature to say for certain that further renewable-energy projects will be added to the list of 17 preferred projects, collectively valued at R44-billion, already confirmed following a highly competitive third-bidding round. However, he stressed that the matter was receiving serious consideration and that a decision would be made in the not too distant future, following and internal assessment.

Speaking at a briefing hosted to confirm the identities of the bids that prevailed during the latest bid window held under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), Martins expressed pleasure at the competitive pricing that had been tendered. However, he stressed that he did not want to raise expectations, as the costs and benefits of extending the number of appointments had not been fully analysed. Read on Engineering News >

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