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South Africa’s new energy plan good news for gas

Gas and renewables are the big winners in South Africa’s updated IRP, but a procurement process will need to start immediately to bring gas plants online by 2026 Gas and renewables are the big winners in South Africa’s updated IRP, but a procurement process will need to start immediately to bring gas plants online by 2026.
By Leigh Elston 30 August 2018 0 32349
South Africa's Lethaba coal-fired power station South Africa's Lethaba coal-fired power station. (John Hogg, World Bank)

South Africa released the draft of its updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) on Monday. The document scraps the controversial goal of bringing 9.60 GW of nuclear energy online by 2026, with the capacity gap to be filled by renewables and gas-fired power.

The draft has been largely welcomed by the gas industry. “We are back on the path of credible energy planning, done on a professionalised basis, and in terms of the overall macro leadership things are heading in the right direction,” said...