South Africa to Prepare for Green Energy Contracts in November

Enterprise Television- South Africa to Prepare for Green Energy Contracts in November

The Minister for Energy, South Africa, Jeff Radebe on Friday said South Africa’s next bids for renewable energy agreements with independent power producers will begin in November and could unlock investment worth up to 50 billion rand ($3.95 billion).

Electricity pylons are seen near cooling towers of a South African petrochemical company in Secunda, north of Johannesburg.

Also, in April, renewable energy contracts worth 56 billion rand were signed, the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa who has promised to kick-start economic growth since replacing his scandal-plagued predecessor Jacob Zuma this year.

So far, 27 solar and wind projects that were stalled under Zuma who plans to build new nuclear plants have been signed, adding 2,305 MW to the grid.

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said in prepared remarks that liquefied natural was a “very high priority” and that a gas strategy would be released in July or August of this year.

Tanzania and Mozambique have huge gas reserves that South Africa is keen to tap as it seeks to reduce reliance on coal, which accounts for over 85 percent of the power generated in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Projects from the new bidding round will bring another 1,800 MW of power to the grid.

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