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.