27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) – April 2018
Jeff Radebe says signed 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in South Africa
Agreements opening the way for the construction of 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, with a combined investment value of R56-billion and a combined capacity of 2 300 MW, were finally signed on Wednesday April 4, after a confidence-sapping delay of over two years.
At the signing event in Pretoria Energy Minister Jeff Radebe declared a “new dawn” for renewable energy in South Africa, following a “long period of uncertainty, not only for the renewable-energy industry, but also for private sector investment in the energy sector”.
He committed to providing investors with better “line of sight” of what South Africa planned to procure in future and acknowledged that no investment decisions could be made on a “stop-start basis”. Details would be provided in a new Integrated Resource Plan, which would be released “very soon”.
Radebe described his role as one of facilitating an “enabling environment for a thriving energy sector”, while noting the National Development Plan’s target of raising the installed capacity of renewable energy to 20 000 MW by 2030.
The 27 projects signed on April 4 were identified as preferred bids all the way back in 2015, following bid windows 3.5 and 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). However, the procurement process stalled after Eskom announced, in early 2016, that it would no longer conclude power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy IPPs, owing to its return to a generation surplus.
The Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe officially signed the 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects, or REIPPPs including the Power Purchase Agreements with Eskom.
The 27 projects are said to amount to R 55.92 billion in new direct investment in the energy sector and will be located in different parts of the country. The department reached this milestone following a long period of uncertainty, but government says it is a demonstration of its commitment to renewable energy and a solid partnership with the private sector. We are joined by Minister Jeff Radebe, to discuss this further.
Following the recall of President Jacob Zuma and the appointment of Radebe, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the country’s newest Energy Minister it was announced that the project agreements, including the PPAs with Eskom, would be signed on March 13. But the Department of Energy (DoE) then voluntarily held back from signing after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Transform RSA approached the courts in a bid to interdict the projects, which the two organisations argued would result in coal-sector job losses.
The case was heard in the High Court on March 27 and, on March 29, the case was dismissed. Judge Dawie Fourie ruled that the application was not urgent and struck the case off the roll, with costs.
Radebe also stressed that the 27 new projects would stimulate 58 000 new jobs, mostly during construction and mostly in the rural areas of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape provinces, as well as the North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces. There was potential to create a further 1 500 jobs in the manufacturing sector as a direct spin-off from the projects.
Twenty-four of the projects are either solar photovoltaic (PV) or onshore wind developments, but the list also includes the Redstone Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, the Kruisvallei mini-hydro project, in the Free State, and the Ngodwana Energy biomass project, to be fuelled using waste Sappi wood chips, in Mpumalanga.
The 12 solar PV projects are listed as Aggeneys, Bokamoso, De Wildt, Droogfontein 2, Dyason’s Klip 1, Dyason’s Klip 2, Greefspan 2, Konkoonsies 2, Loriesfontein Orange, Sirius 1, Waterloo and Zeerust.
The 12 wind projects were named as Copperton, Excelsior, Garob Wind Farm, Garob Valley, Kangnas, Oyster Bay, Perdekraal East, Roggeveld, Karusa, Nxuba, Soetwater and Wesley-Ciskei.
IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach said that, besides energy, the procurement process had insisted on both higher levels of domestic and black ownership, as well as socioeconomic development than projects procured in previous bid windows.
South Africans own 57.8%, or R11.9-billion, of the companies awarded projects during bid windows 3.5 and 4. Of that, black shareholders own 64.2%, or R7.64-billion.
However, Radebe proposed the development of an ‘Energy Transformation Charter’ through which government and the industry could agree to specific transformation targets. “It is government’s position that South Africa cannot address inequality, poverty and unemployment without the economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged groups . . . [and] without the support of the private sector.
The case was heard in the High Court on March 27 and, on March 29, 2018 and the case was dismissed. Judge Dawie Fourie ruled that the application was not urgent and struck the case off the roll, with costs. Agreements were later signed. The 27 projects will amount to R55.92 billion ($5 billion) in new direct investment in the energy sector and create the much needed jobs for South Africans. These projects will be located in different parts of the country mainly in rural areas.
Eskom – Radebe – 27 contracts
Motsepe ontken dat hy bevoordeel word deur die aankondiging van sy familielid in Parlement, Ramaphosa. Dis net baie toevallig dat daar heelwat ooreenkomste bestaan, en dit het nie “oornag” ontstaan nie. Volgens hom het hulle reeds bestaande kontrakte wat nie net gekanselleer kan word nie – hoe is tenders uitgegee is ‘n ander vraag. Weet nie watter kontrakte dit alles is nie. – AREP van sy vrou en Jeff Radebe speel ‘n kritieke rol hierdeur. Regdeur is dit ooglopend.
Patrice Motsepe has rejected claims that he will benefit from his brother-in-law President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent decision to unbundle Eskom.
Eskom>AREP>IPP – Ramaphosa>Motsepe>Radebe
Ramaphosa – Motsepe – Radebe … … … Jeff Radebe says signed 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in South Africa
27 IPP agreements – Eskom – “new dawn”
It was previously stated that Jeff Radebe stressed that 27 new projects would stimulate 58 000 new jobs, mostly during construction and mostly in the rural areas of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape provinces, as well as the North West, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces. There was potential to create a further 1 500 jobs in the manufacturing sector as a direct spin-off from the projects. We have to see and wait what will happen in future. B-BBEE is also supported – South Africans own 57.8%, or R11.9-billion, of the companies awarded projects during bid windows 3.5 and 4. Of that, black shareholders own 64.2%, or R7.64-billion.
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All of them responsible for the appointment of board members, workers and “tender bribes” since 1994 must PAY BACK THE MONEY. It is a fact: Eskom has been failed and is still in the “capture” mode. The “zuma capture mode – musical chairs”. Nobody from the government or their agents today, has a desire for Eskom to work. That means, it is a dictatorship in the making since 1980 – Communism – Bolshevism.
Eskom and B-BBEE/EE
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Sabotage – ESKOM – Sabotasie