South Africa launches Coal IPP Programme

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South Africa launches Coal IPP Programme

South Africa's Department of Energy (DoE) released on June 25th a formal request for compulsory registration for new generation capacity under the Coal Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CIPPPP).

Developers who wish to take part in this programme must register if they wish to submit bid responses once the Request for Qualification and Proposals is released.

The Request for Registration is available at

The key features of the Request for Registration (RFR) process include:
  • ?responding bidders are required to submit their Registration Responses including the details and information requested in Form 1;
  • the Response Form must be submitted on the Department’s website prior to delivery of the hard and soft copy of it. Each Registration Response must be delivered to the Department by way of two hard copies and one soft copy by not later than 2.00pm on 25 July 2014;
  • prospective bidders will, subject to certain exceptions, be able to change any of the details which are submitted; and
  • prospective bidders may be requested to attend one or more meetings with the Department and relevant government stakeholders.

In August 2011, the DoE implemented the procurement of renewable energy under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Three years later, all parties say that the REIPPPP has been successful.

In December 2012, the Minister of Energy announced the procurement of generation capacity allocation in the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010-2030 with allocations to coal, natural gas and hydro. The Minister indicated that the DoE would look to procure 2500MW of coal-fired generation capacity.

In June 2013, the Department of Energy (DoE) released a Request for Registration and Information (RFRI) aimed at gathering information from potential developers of baseload capacity to assist the DoE in assessing the size, type and nature of the projects planned by developers, as well as the readiness of such projects.

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