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Experts oppose Mantashe’s plan to build more coal-fired plants

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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. Photo: GCIS
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. Photo: GCIS


Environmentalists have roped in experts to explain why Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is wrong to include the construction of new coal-fired power plants in a long-term plan that aims to provide the country with reliable and efficient energy.

The department’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019 intends to add 1 500MW of new coal-generated electricity by 2030, even though it supported a diverse energy mix for the country, which included coal, gas, nuclear, wind, solar and hydro.

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