- South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) welcomes the High Court decision which dismissed, with costs, the application from DNG Power Holdings (Pty) Ltd to set aside the appointment of Preferred Bidders under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP).
- DNG Power requested the high court in South Africa to overturn the government’s appointment of preferred bidders claiming the tender process was “grossly and blatantly flawed, corrupt and procedurally unfair”. Read more
“The High Court decision confirms the Department’s pronouncements that the RMIPPPP procurement was conducted in accordance with applicable legislation, including Section 217 of the Constitution, which is on the basis of a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective process. The court decision enables the Government and Eskom to finalise its governance and regulatory approval processes to conclude financial close with RMIPPPP Preferred Bidders by end March 2022,” said the DMRE in a statement released earlier today.
“It is expected that these projects will be operational and ready to deliver much needed generation capacity to the national grid starting 12 months from Financial Close,” the DMRE added.
In March 2021 eight preferred bidders were announced in the RMIPPPP which included a mix of renewable energy base load projects which will see large scale solar and wind coupled with energy storage systems for the first time in the country. The outcome also included three gas powership projects totalling 1220MW submitted by Turkish owned independent power producer Karpowership SA .
Link to a list of preferred bidders here
Author: Bryan Groenendaal