10 September 2008 – Independent power producer, Ipsa, announced this week that it was doubling its capacity in the Eastern Cape.

South Africa could soon be experiencing a sudden increase in private power, as independent electricity producer Ipsa announced on Tuesday that it was doubling its coal-fired capacity in the Eastern Cape.  The company plans to double output from the Elitheni mine, mine-mouth power plant to nearly 1 000MW.

Ipsa and Strategic Natural Resources, Elitheni Coal’s majority shareholder, have agreed new terms that will permit an increase in the overall generation capacity, and accelerate the in-service date of some of the initial capacity at Elitheni.

Ipsa will concentrate on installation of imported circulating fluidised bad (CFB) boilers with a capacity of 75MW.  The company aims to have the first units commissioned in 2010.

Ipsa is also developing a combined cycle gas turbine power station at the Coega industrial development zone.  The plant will have an installed capacity of 1 600MW.