Eskom Tenders to Repurpose Ageing Coal Fired Plants to Renewables?

  • Eskom has issued an EOI to repurpose their ageing coal fired power stations that are due for decommission.
  • They are inviting proposals novel technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) >6 and/or a complete ecosystem management solution which does not exclude renewable energy.
  • The three coal fired plants specified are Komati, Grootvlei and Camden.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) has been issued by South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom, for proposals to reduce “its environmental impact through the establishment of sustainable low-carbon industries at previous carbon-intensive power plants.”

The RFI is a stand-alone information gathering and market-testing exercise, intended only to inform and assist Eskom’s further deliberation and development of strategy for the decommissioning of power station repurposing.

Proposals will be evaluated against a predetermined set of criteria with qualifying submission invited to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFPs).

Submissions should be in the form of a conceptual business case, not exceeding 25 pages, containing the high level concepts and a technical and economic overview of the solution. The proposal should focus on repurposing of Komati, Grootvlei and Camden power stations.  Alternatively respondents may choose to focus on only one of these power stations and should incorporate variables unique to the specific geographical location, environmental by-laws, major skills and resources within the surrounding town, etc.

Link to the tender document HERE.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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