SA load shedding

SA seeking emergency power Creator: Blue Sky User

SA seeks ‘BEE compliant’ proposals for emergency power

This RFP is expected to attract investment in the region of R40 billion.

SA load shedding

SA seeking emergency power Creator: Blue Sky User

South Africa has issued a request for proposals (RPF) to procure emergency power to help plug a severe energy shortage, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced Saturday.

The programme seeks to procure 2000 megawatts (MW) from a range of energy sources and technologies, it said.

Proposed technical solutions will have to be able to provide a range of support services to the grid system operator, the Department added.

Proposals must meet BEE criteria

The RFP is designed to support Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment initiatives including ownership and localisation. 

“Bidders will have to make commitments in terms of job creation, socio-economic development, supplier and enterprise development and skills development.”

Stringent local content thresholds and targets have also been introduced that should provide “impetus to the local construction and manufacturing sectors.” 

This RFP is expected to attract investment in the region of R40 billion and “all power procured under this programme is expected to be fully operational by not later than the end of June 2022,” the department said in Saturday’s statement.

Embattled Eskom wobbles on

Beleaguered state-owned power utility Eskom has been forced to cut power regularly, retarding economic growth in Africa’s most industrialised economy as unreliable and outdated diesel and coal-fired plants struggle to generate enough electricity to meet rising demand.

Load shedding has returned as South Africa eased strict lockdown restrictions to contain COVID-19, and has re-opened power-gobbling industries, such as mining, in a bid to resuscitate a struggling economy.

During load shedding, which is meant to protect the national power grid from complete collapse, residents and businesses are typically left without electricity for a couple of hours at a time, causing huge frustrations and putting business entities at risk.

In December, South Africa issued a request for information (RFI) to source between 2000 and 3000 MW of generation capacity to be connected in the shortest time, and at the lowest cost.

In February, Turkey’s Karpowership, one of the world’s largest suppliers of floating power plants with projects on the go in some thirteen countries, said it had submitted plans to provide “several” ships capable of alleviating the country’s power shortages, Bloomberg reported.