January 9 2014 at 10:08am
By Donwald Pressly. Business Report
The government has dismissed speculation that Rosatom already had a head start to build eight power stations in South Africa, but links with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy firm appear to be strengthening by the day.
The chief energy investment strategist at Casey Research, Marin Katusa, reported on Tuesday that in the global battle for energy supremacy, Russia “has won another victory over the US”.
He claimed Rosatom had just signed an agreement to build eight new atomic reactors in South Africa, which he described as “the battleground”.
Engineering News, 3 December 2013.
The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less capacity will be required by 2030, which, in turn, could enable government to delay its decision on a new nuclear build programme.
The comment period closes on February 7 and the DoE says the responses will be used to inform a final draft to be submitted to Cabinet by March 2014. Following Cabinet endorsement, the approved document will then be promulgated and published in the Government Gazette.
BD Live 29 November 2013.
THE Russian government is pumping up the propaganda surrounding the country’s nuclear ambitions in South Africa with a series of reports on the official international broadcaster Voice of Russia that a deal has been struck to build South Africa’s planned nuclear power plants…
ANOTHER 17 clean-energy projects worth R33bn have been approved, potentially adding 1,471.5MW to the national grid, the government announced on Monday.
The independent power producers programme’s third window will also see renewable energy costs fall. Average prices for power generated from wind, which has received the bulk of the allocation, have fallen from R11.43/kWh in the first round to R6.65/kWh in the third, still double the R3.87/kWh Eskom spent last year.
The 17 preferred bidders, from among the 93 bids received, were announced by Energy Minister Ben Martins, who said the projects would contribute R4.4bn to socio-economic development. Read on BDLive >
Portfolio Committee on Energy
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Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2013
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Update by the Department of Energy on Windows 1, 2 and 3 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)
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