Category Archives: DoE

Zuma announces Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee members

ESI-Africa, 24 July, 2014.

The members of President Zuma’s Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee were announced yesterday, after its planned establishment was made known during his State of the Nation Address on June 17.

The sub-committee comprises cabinet members – Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson; International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown; Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene; State Security Minister David Mahlobo; Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Mineral Resources Minister Adv Ngoako Ramatlhodi; Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula…

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SA Energy Minister re-affirms nuclear and gas expansion plans

EGI-SA, 22 July, 2014.

The South African Department of Energy has allocated R850-million to its nuclear expansion plans, including additional research and development into nuclear energy and the safety matters thereof.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in her Energy Budget Vote on Monday: “Regulations for the handling of hazardous materials, in terms of international obligations, and the development of nuclear policies and legislation to ensure the peaceful use of nuclear energy will also be pursued.”

The Energy Minister re-affirmed government’s support for the procurement of 9600 MW of nuclear energy over the next 10 years, with an expected cost of R400-billion and R1-trillion.

(EGI-SA Ed. note: Which is it R400 billion or R1 trillion, who cares, Tina evidently doesn’t, just a few more zeros…)

Financial close for third window renewables projects shifted to November

Engineering News, 21 july, 2014.

Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy IndependentPower Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November,Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday…

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Joemat-Pettersson reaffirms plan to expand role of gas, nuclear in SA mix

Engineering News, 21 July, 2014.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town

The Gump, which would be released for public consultation following its approval by Cabinet, would seek to anticipate the infrastructure necessary to open up gas prospects.

The plan’s scope included the development of a gas receiving and storage terminal for liquefied natural gas(LNG), which could be used to meet the gas-to-liquids requirements at PetroSA’s Mossel Bay refinery, as well as to convert Eskom’s open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs), which currently run on diesel.

Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two OCGTs in theWestern Cape,  a full R8.1-billion above the R2.5-billion set aside by the regulator in its revenue determination for the period.

Eskom was, thus, hoping to receive the mandate to participate in upstream gas activities to expedite the production ofunconventional gas such as coal-bed methane and shale gas, which could enable cost-competitive baseload capacity…

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How much more electricity generating capacity does South Africa need?

Daily Maverick, 15 July, 2014.

While most debate around South Africa’s energy future tends to focus on the best source of new power generation (coal, gas, nuclear renewables), environmental issues and the role of Eskom, much less attention is given to how much generating capacity we are likely to need. But it’s a critical question that needs to be answered. By DIRK DE VOS.

The general view, backed by several policy documents such as the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2), the National Development Plan (NDP) and so on but, also more directly, by our own experiences of blackouts (load shedding) is that South Africa has a critical electricity generating shortage and that this must be addressed by huge additional generating capacity if the country is to prosper. This is not necessarily true. Understanding how much new generating capacity is likely to be needed might very well guide us in other decisions such as the “radical restructuring” of our energy sector mentioned by President Zuma in his recent post-election State of the Nation address to Parliament…

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