South African Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe

South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, says the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity is only likely to serve before Cabinet in September.

The Minister made this announcement on Thursday during the Energy Budget Vote, Engineering News reported.

According to Mantashe, the draft IRP was still being considered by the social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

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Mantashe expressed that the revised IRP would not be about weighing one technology against another: “It is not about that. It is about accessing all available sources of energy and using them in a balanced and secure way for the country.”

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Reporting on the story was Engineering News who noted that according to Mantashe, a large portion of Eskom’s coal fleet would be decommissioned between 2020 and 2040 and said that the IRP would offer visibility of the generation technologies that would replace that fleet.

According to Mantashe, South Africa should seek to sustain a role for nuclear beyond 2045, when Koeberg would be decommissioned, following a project to extend its lifespan beyond its current scheduled decommissioning date of 2024.