Revised IRP on Track

Department of Energy

The revised Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be tabled in cabinet for approval before the end of the year.

The energy minister, David Mahlobo, confirmed this during a briefing in parliament on energy strategic issues.

The revised IRP was published for comment in November 2016 and consultation on the proposals was undertaken during December 2016 and the first three months of 2017.

In terms of petroleum oil and gas, the minister pointed out that South Africa could likely become a producer given the interest in “our offshore acreage.”

As regards refineries, South Africa wants to transition to Clean Fuels II specification which is equivalent to Euro V specification.

The minister confirmed that this will require “massive investments to convert the refineries to meet the new fuel specifications.”

Government was looking at building a new refinery in conjunction with BRICS national oil companies.

The new refinery would have to have access to the market.

The Integrated Energy Plan, soon to be placed before cabinet, will pronounce on the policy decision to build or not to build a new refinery.

Government also remains committed to the renewable energy independent power producer programme.

The minister stressed that the implementation of the various options will be “guided by pace, scale and affordability.”

In terms of nuclear energy, government continued to recognize “the role of nuclear power in ensuring security of energy supply and meeting the challenge of climate change.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office