11TH SEPTEMBER 2020
BY: TERENCE CREAMER
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The Western Cape government has urged Mineral Resources
The call came as government’s Political Task Team on Eskom, which is chaired by Deputy President *David Mabuza*, welcomed Mantashe’s announcement, made on September 10, that the National Energy
The determination, which was delivered to Nersa in February, caters for the procurement of 6 800 MW of wind and solar
Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister *David Maynier* welcomed the development, saying it “paves the way for more energy
The next step, he said, would be for Mantashe to sign and Gazette the final determination, which would open the way for the fifth bid window (BW 5) of the Renewable Energy
He made no mentioned of the coal
“The opening of BW 5 will not only allow for increased energy
Mantashe provided no timeframe for the launch of BW 5 but, in July, IPP Office head *Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro*, indicated that BW 5 would likely be launched only in the second quarter of 2021.
Magoro made the statement ahead of Nersa’s concurrence, however, and there now appear to be moves to ensure that the bid documentation is released before year-end.
In fact, the Political Task Team on Eskom indicated that processes related to BW 5 “will be completed in December 2020”.
The IPP Office is currently focusing on the Risk Mitigation Independent Power
The RMIPPPP bid documentation was made available online on August 23 and a bid submission deadline has been set for November 24. Preferred bidders should be announced on December 15 and financial
There is currently some concern in the market about the technical specifications in the bid documentation, which some observers believe favour expensive fossil-fuel-based solutions
The IPP Office has committed to hosting a bidders conference prior to the bid submission date to clarify its requirements and has indicated that the conference will be held on a “virtual teleconferencing platform”.
Meanwhile, Maynier stressed the attractiveness of the Western Cape as an investment location for renewable-energy
“The opening of BW 5 will allow for more renewable-energy