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South Africa moves forward with 13.8 GW power procurement

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has issued two invitations to comment on the procurement by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) of nearly 2 GW of new power capacity.

As agreed in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Electricity 2019 – 2030 (released in October 2019), South Africa's DMRE is seeking to procure 2,000 MW of technology-neutral power capacity over the 2019-2022 period, in order to reduce the risk of load shedding and the extensive use of diesel-fired peaking power units. The capacity should be connected to the national power grid at the lowest cost possible and as soon as possible, including exiting projects. In addition, the country aims to procure 6,800 MW of wind and solar PV capacity, 3,000 MW of gas-fired power capacity, 1,500 MW of coal-fired power capacity and 513 MW of electricity storage, which would help national power utility Eskom to retire and replace coal-fired power plants between 2030 and 2050.

The IRP sets a target of up to 6 GW of new large scale solar capacity and 6 GW of new distributed power generation capacity by 2030.