JOHANNESBURG – Power purchase agreements for three emergency power projects have been signed, ensuring 150MW of new power will be plugged into the grid before the end of next year.
The projects form part of government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), an emergency power initiative that was intended to rapidly fill South Africa’s energy gap, but which has faced numerous delays.
Still not signed are eight other projects, including the controversial Karpowership SA projects, that account for 1 220MW of the 1 900MW procurement programme, but which have been unable to obtain the requisite permits.
The power purchase agreements signed at a ceremony hosted by the Independent Power Producers (IPP) Office on Thursday pertain to three hybrid solar and storage projects to be developed by Scatec, a leading renewables company. – fin24