Parliament Seeks Comment on the Draft IRP 2018

Portfolio Committee on Energy

The portfolio committee on energy has called for comment on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.

The IRP was published for comment at the end of August 2018.

Its time frame has been revised to 2030.

During a media briefing at the release of the revised plan, energy minister Jeff Radebe indicated that a number of policy adjustments had been made including the retention of annual build limits for the period up to 2030, the inclusion of 1000MW of coal-to-power in 2023–2024, based on two already procured and announced projects, the inclusion of 2500MW of hydro power in 2030 to facilitate the RSA-DRC treaty on the Inga Hydro Power Project and the utilization of existing PV, Wind and Gas allocations in the plan.

The following new additional capacity by 2030 is included in the Draft IRP: 1000 MW of generation from Coal, 2 500 MW from Hydro, 5 670 MW from PV, 8 100 MW from Wind and 8 100 MW from Gas.

The envisaged energy mix by 2030 will consist of 34 000 MW of coal (46%); 1 860 MW of nuclear (2.5%); 4 696 MW of hydro (6%); 2 912 MW of pumped storage (4%); 7 958 MW of solar PV (10%); 11 442 MW of wind (15%); 11 930 MW of gas (16%) and 600 MW of concentrated solar power (1%).

Submissions are invited until 5 October 2018.

Meanwhile, the minister recently addressed an experience sharing workshop on investment in Johannesburg.

The minister pointed out that the energy department has started gathering information on the potential of the Gas-to-Power procurement programme.

“This programme, together with a detailed analysis of gas end-use market, will serve as an anchor for gas market and infrastructure development in South Africa.”

The minister also declared that investment in the petroleum fuels refinery capacity is urgent.

“In sub-Saharan Africa, refinery capacity is constrained with most refineries unable to produce fuels that meet clean fuels 2 specifications requirements.”

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