- South Africa’s Integrate Resource Plan (IRP) is expected to be approved by cabinet in the coming week.
- The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010.
- The Integrated Resource Plan is vital for the country as it provides policy certainty on the country’s future energy generation and the technology to be deployed.
- It also reveals a direction and purpose on which local and foreign energy sector investors react.
The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010 which was officially approved as the country’s generation roadmap in early 2011. The ongoing delays have raises questions on the capacity and quality of leadership in the country’s public energy sector value chain.
South Africa’s newly appointed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe announced this week that he was confident the new IRP will be gazetted in the coming week. He was speaking at the Africa Oil & Power event in Cape Town. Mantashe is the fifth energy minister assigned to the portfolio in the last three years. Read more
“By Wednesday [next week], I am very hopeful that the IRP would be concluded, and we will gazette it,” he said. Adding that, “the plan will lay the foundation for investment in power generation. Such an investment should have the impact of lowering the cost of doing business in our country.”
Minister Mantashe highlighted the potential investment that could come as a result of a finalised IRP, which represents a key component of South Africa’s energy strategy. With this, he invited investors to enter the South African market.
“Come to the fore, we are ready for you. Talk to us,” he said.
Since the release of the latest Draft IRP 2018 in August 2018, the countries state owned power utility, Eskom, has seen its financial woes go from bad to worse. Under debt of around R450billion, the utility poses a real threat of collapsing the country’s entire economy. Read more
Author: Bryan Groenendaal
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