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Policy & Regulation

New determination on South African gas power likely – NERSA

South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme.
By Leigh Elston and Miriam Malek 12 June 2017 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation 0 26330
A South African nuclear plant. The country’s procurement programme has caused controversy. (© jbdodane.com)

A legal controversy surrounding South Africa’s nuclear procurement process has cast doubt over the country’s gas-fired independent power producer (IPP) programme.

A high court declared in April that South Africa’s 9.6 GW nuclear procurement process was unlawful because its sheer scale meant the government should have consulted the public beforehand.

The gas IPP programme has also been called into question because the then-energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, used the same process – Article 34(1) of the Electricity Regulation Act – to determine the need for 3.13 GW of...