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Tina Joematt-Pettersson
Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announces the 13 preferred bidders for REIPPPP round four, which will supply a total of 1,121MW

In South Africa, energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Thursday officially announced the winning preferred bidders in round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) at a media briefing held in Cape Town.

The Department of Energy (DoE) issued confirmation letters to 13 preferred bidders on Friday last week with the winners independently releasing their own announcements.

Once these projects reach completion, they will add an additional 1,121MW to South Africa's electricity grid.

Joemat-Pettersson said: “This brings the total of 79 projects approved by the Department of Energy with a capacity of 5,243MW across all Renewable Energy Bid Windows. This represents a massive investment of ZAR168 billion in economic infrastructures in our country, which will contribute to economic growth and job creation, in addition to the contribution it makes to security of electricity supply."

REIPPPP round four: 13 preferred bidders

Project MWs
Biomass:
Ngodwana Energy Project 25
Onshore wind:  
Roggeveld Wind Farm 140
The Karusa Wind Farm 140
The Nxuba Wind Farm 139
Golden Valley Wind Farm 117
Oyster Bay Wind Farm 140
Solar PV:  
Sirius Solar PV Project One 75
Droogfontein 2 Solar 75
Dyason’s Klip 1 75
Dyason’s Klip 2 75
Konkoonsies II Solar Facility 75
Aggeneys Solar Project 40
Hydro:
Kruisvallei hydro 5 

'Faster, wider' approach of REIPPPP

Joematt-Pettersson added that she has instructed the DoE and the independent power producer's (IPP) office to "accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme".

She said: “This bid window has been extremely successful with regards to price and economic development proposals. I expect to receive a firm report in this regard by month end, and an announcement will be following soon thereafter, however not later than end May 2015.”

“Secondly, we will be issuing a Request for Further Proposals (RFP) for an expedited procurement process of 1800MW from all technologies. I have directed the IPP Office to follow a diligent, but shortened and simplified, competitive procurement process.

She added: "This bidding process would be open to all unsuccessful bidders from all previous bid windows, which are ready for re-submission. The RFP for this expedited procurement process will be issued by no later than early June 2015 and the IPP Office will release more details on the proposed process for this in due course.”

The minister added that a redesign of the current RFP will be done for the fifth round and is expected to be ready for release in Q2 of 2016.

“Key aspects of the RFP that will be redesigned include the definition of local community, the mechanisms to ensure early, efficient and equitable benefits to the communities and the local content/industrialisation regime, as well as to take into account the constrained distribution and transmission systems that we dealing with,” Joematt-Pettersson said.