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South Africa’s IRP approved by Cabinet for release

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe will, tomorrow 18 October 2019, present a brief following Cabinet approval of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019. 

The IRP is the national electricity infrastructure development plan based on least cost-electricity supply and demand balance that takes into account security of supply and the environment.

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The release of the IRP coincides with the country, yet again, experiencing rotational loadshedding implemented by Eskom due unplanned outages and boiler tube leaks at five of the utility’s generating units. 

The promulgation of the IRP by Cabinet provides the country with a blueprint for its envisaged energy mix until 2030.

Minister Mantashe has announced that he will hold a media briefing on 18 October to outline the contents of the long-awaited plan.

“The plan proposes nine interventions to ensure the country responds to the energy needs for the next decade. The interventions draw from the current baseline of the demand and supply of the country’s energy and international obligations to the minimum emission standards,” cabinet said in a statement released.

“The plan remains within the policy framework of pursuing a diversified energy mix that reduces reliance on a single or few primary energy sources. It will be revised in line with the changing energy sector environment.”

Cabinet approved the release of the draft IRP for public consultations in August 2019. These took place between September and November.

“Most of the inputs received from the public, academics, experts from the energy sector and relevant stakeholders such as the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and the portfolio committee on energy, were included into the IRP2019,” said cabinet’s statement on its Wednesday meeting.

The approved IRP will be gazetted and accessible through the department of mineral resources and energy website.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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