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Cape Town - Private bidders Thabametsi and Khanyisa won the first bid window to build South Africa’s first independent coal-fired power stations, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Monday at a media briefing in Cape Town.

The Coal Independent Power Producers (IPP) Programme is the first baseload energy programme which allows the private sector to provide coal-generated energy.

At the end of December 2014, the Department of Energy issued a Request for Proposals for coal generation. The coal programme will consist of separate bid submission phases whereby 1 000 MW would be available for allocation under the first bid submission phase. 

Thabametsi, based in Limpopo, and Khanyisa, based in Mpumalanga, will collectively provide 863.3MW of coal-generated power to South Africa’s grid within the next five years.

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