Category Archives: DoE

SA drops in WEC Energy Trilemma Index

South Africa has dropped four places to rank eighty-third in the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) 2014 Energy Trilemma Index as the country’s performance remained stagnant, while other countries such as China and Nigeria improved their rankings.

The WEC Energy Trilemma Index measured the performance of country energy and climate policies in balancing the triple challenges of energy security, energy equity –comprising affordability and access – and environmental sustainability.

“Investment in energy infrastructure is a prerequisite for countries being able to balance their energy trilemma. The lessons from our 2014 work will help all actors raise their game to drive such investment. Read more on Engineering news

Fourth renewables bid announcement postponed, amid third-round closure delay

The announcement of the preferred bidders arising from the fourth bid window of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), scheduled for Monday November 24, has been delayed, Engineering News Online can confirm.

The delay comes after financial close for the 17 third bid window preferred projects was shifted out, owing primarily to grid connection problems.

Seventeen round-three preferred bidders were named on October 29, 2013, after 93 bid responses were received for an allocation of less than 1 500 MW.Read more on Polity

Department holds up advance into renewables

The renewable energy manufacturing industry believes its viability is threatened because the government has not yet finalised deals to buy green electricity from companies selected in November last year to build renewable energy power plants.

Until these contracts have been signed, no companies will start construction of power plants, and the fledgling green manufacturing industry that has set up factories to serve the R120 billion renewable energy industry have been forced to put production on hold.

Some are having to sell to foreign markets in the meantime. Read more on the Cape Times

SA moves ahead with yet more nuclear vendor workshops

The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed at the weekend that further nuclear vendor-parade workshops would be held with China, France, the US and South Korea during November.

The first such workshop, which was held in the Drakensberg in late October, was held with the Russian Federation and was attended by a number of officials from Rosatom.

The DoE said the workshops formed part of government’s technical investigation in preparation for a procurement decision and insisted that they were being pursued in line with the National Development Plan’s call for “thorough investigations on various aspects of the nuclear power generation programme before a procurement decision is taken”. Read more on Engineering News

State powered up over nuclear, but not everyone buys it

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed the latest intergovernmental framework agreement on nuclear co-operation on November 7, this time with China. It reinforced the government’s commitment to nuclear expansion, despite public opposition.

Nuclear energy safety issues remain hotly debated but, experts argue, the biggest obstacle to South Africa’s nuclear ambitions are the costs. Even with innovative vendor-financing models – whereby vendor countries help finance the upfront capital costs of nuclear power – the final price tag could potentially ruin South Africa’s power utility Eskom and erode the country’s already precarious balance of payments.

The department of energy, under former minister Ben Martins, previously backed the vendor-financing model – as it is seen as one way the country could afford the estimated R400-billion to R1-trillion the programme could potentially cost. Read more on M&G