Energy Minister Shines Light on Public-Private Partnerships

Department of Energy

Partnerships between the private sector and government in the energy sector need to be intensified.

The energy minister, Jeff Radebe, stressed this during an address to the Africa Energy Indaba 2019 in Johannesburg.

The minister, while acknowledging some success in public-private partnerships in the infrastructure sector, highlighted opportunities to be innovative in the areas of energy research, financing and localization of value chains.

The minister also indicated that regulatory, financial and administrative barriers and their associated investment risks need to be addressed so that infrastructure can be developed to meet energy demand.

The role that gas can play in expanding electricity generation was also emphasized.

Reference was made to the recent Brulpadda gas resource discovery in the Outeniqua Basin of South Africa.

“Imported liquefied natural gas (or LNG), piped natural gas, imported liquefied petroleum gas (or LPG), indigenous gas like coal-bed methane and ultimately shale gas, are part of our strategy for regional economic integration within the Southern African Development Community, in order to provide the energy infrastructure to support economic growth.”

With regard to hydropower, the minister indicated that commercial negotiations will get underway to procure power from Phase 1 of the Grand Inga Hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“The project has the potential to provide up to 13 000 MW of clean energy specifically to South Africa, in addition to the power shared within the SADC.”

In essence, the minister declared that the provision of a reliable, efficient and continuous supply of electricity is essential for African economies to develop and grow.

Meanwhile, the energy department has announced a Petroleum Products Act awareness workshop to be held in Cape Town on 21 February 2019.

According to the invitation, the aim of the workshop is to “promote economic transformation in the energy sector, educate and create awareness about the processes of petroleum licensing applications and compliance”.

Sabinet Cape Town Office