Engineering News, 25 August 2010
The much-anticipated second Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP2010, originally planned for promulgation in September, is now expected by the end of October or early November, an official from the Department of Energy (DoE) said on Wednesday.
DoE deputy director-general Ompi Aphane said at a Sanea Action for Energy conference in Johannesburg, that the planning process had now progressed to a modelling stage, where the different scenarios, with regard to a range of energy mixes, with one including the possible termination of the R142-billion Kusile coal-fired power station, which is being built in Mpumalanga province. The first unit of the 4 800-MW plant was scheduled to come on line in 2014.
But Aphane emphasised that the cancellation of the Kusile project was only one, of many scenarios, being looked at.
State-owned power utility Eskom said that work and funding options for the Kusile project was continuing, but had not been finalised.
“Eskom is on record saying that in order to plug the gap in electricity supply over the next few years, South Africa needs new base-load power stations like Medupi and Kusile. Funding to complete the Medupi station has recently been approved by the World Bank. However, the significant challenge to security of supply between 2013 and 2017 is the funding of the Kusile project,” said Eskom FD Paul O’Flaherty.