Integrated Resource Plan on Track

Department of Energy

The final Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be submitted to cabinet in the next few weeks for approval.

In a recent speech at the Africa Oil Week Conference, the energy minister, Jeff Radebe, added that all comments submitted during the consultation phase will be considered.

The minister pointed out that the IRP envisages a Gas to Power Programme incorporating Liquefied Natural Gas imports as well as imports through pipelines.

“This will be the main vehicle through which to stimulate this envisioned gas market in South Africa.”

The minister also indicated that his department was at the final stages of consultation on the amendments to the Gas Act of 2001 to “better enable greater utilisation of gas in the economy”.

Meanwhile, the department recently provided an update to parliament on the IRP.

The department emphasized that assumptions made in the IRP 2010-2030 have since changed which necessitated an update.

A number of recommended studies to inform the post 2030 electricity mix at the next IRP update iteration were listed including a detailed analysis of international and local gas supply options and the appropriate level of penetration of renewable energy in the local national grid.

A detailed socio-economic impact analysis of the decommissioning of old coal fired power plants was also recommended.

Policy adjustments include making provision for 1000MW in 2023/24 of coal to power based on two already procured projects and making provision for 2500MW in 2030 of hydro-power to facilitate the RSA-DRC treaty on Inga Hydro Power project.

In a separate matter, the department announced that South Africa has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an association country.

The minister stated that the “membership will provide South Africa with a platform for regular dialogue with the IEA, its Members and Association countries, through the participation in meetings of IEA Standing Groups and Committees and Ministerial Meetings”.

Sabinet Cape Town Office