South Africa Gas Option 2016 -press release



Project Information Memorandum (PIM) to be announced at the South Africa: Gas Options conference in Cape Town this October


Press release: for immediate release                                                                              29/09/16


The Minister for Energy of South Africa, the Hon. Tina Joemat-Pettersson MP, is to exclusively present the much anticipated ‘Project Information Memorandum (PIM)’ at EnergyNet’s annual South Africa: Gas Options investors briefing on the 3rd October in Cape Town.  540 participants are confirmed to attend the meeting, which will focus on the strategic implementation of the programme which has global players eager to participate.

The Minister was quoted as saying, “We are providing investors an opportunity to review the PIM and discuss with us directly any questions they may have ahead of us releasing the procurement documentation.”

Endorsed by the Department of Energy, the Gas to Power IPPP Programme will bring a new experience to South Africa, with KarĂ©n Breytenbach of the IPP Office commenting, “Despite clear differences from the REIPPP Programme, the same unwavering commitment to secure investor confidence and partnership will be applied with the private sector, through a transparent, open, fair and competitive procurement process. We hope to achieve equal success with possibly greater impact on the economy and people of South Africa.”

The Gas to Power IPPP Programme has from the first phase the potential to generate an additional 34 000MW, and foreign direct investment to boost economic growth not just in South Africa but to the region, especially to countries with potential for gas. Economic growth is critical from a job creation and socio economic development perspective. 

Simon Gosling of EnergyNet commented on what this announcement means for the industry. “What’s exciting about this programme, in addition to the extra capacity that will support Eskom in five-ten years from now, is the ability of the gas to reach new manufacturing industries for South Africa such as petrochemicals, that will create millions of jobs, unimagined wealth and a country which could as a result achieve its objectives to be a global destination for manufacturers and a gateway to all of Southern Africa.

President Zuma’s speech five years ago, which kick started the clean energy revolution in South Africa back in 2011, presented a stance which was global in sentiment but African in its call to action: “On the eve of the Climate Change Summit held in Copenhagen (June 2011), [we] announced our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and by 42% by 2025.. However we are not waiting for an agreement in Durban (Nov 2011) before achieving green, sustainable and inclusive growth. We have an ambitious renewable energy plan and will soon announce the results of the bidding process for the first 3.725 megawatts of green energy to be procured under our Renewable Energy Flagship Programme over the next few years.”

Fast forward five years and the REIPPP Programme has procured a total of 102 projects, adding 6,376MW of renewable power to the sector, injecting over R194 billion direct investment into the economy.  Add to that the 27,000 jobs that have been created, and there is no wonder this is recognised throughout the world as the most successful clean energy procurement programme ever. The potential of the Gas to Power IPP programme is therefore huge for all South Africans and we should be remembering the President’s vision for clean energy, ensuring South Africa’s legacy on a global scale is secured.”


Department of Energy and international LNG companies to discuss next steps for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme this October

Press release: for immediate release                                                                              30/08/16


Government, international gas developers and finance institutions will return to the South Africa: Gas Options conference this October in Cape Town to address the requirements and opportunities associated with the country’s 3,126MW gas-to-power programme.

Following high levels of international interest over the introduction of a standardised procurement process, the meeting will examine the critical steps needed to move from the impending Project Information Memorandum (PIM) towards the Request for Qualification (RFQ), and the associated investment opportunities surrounding development of gas infrastructure.

The programme has attracted high levels of interest from the private sector over the past 12 months, buoyed further by the recent call for expressions of interest for the appointment of strategic partners to assist state-owned companies in the development of a 600MW gas-fired power plant.

Sean Friend, an Investment Director at Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), commented; “One of the key considerations in the gas-to-power programme in SA will be financing the additional infrastructure capacity required to create a broader gas market, which will have to be bankable on the basis of the power station revenues.”

Supported by the South African IPP Office and NERSA, the meeting will include an LNG to power master class, debates around infrastructure considerations and an update on the Role of the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU).  The meeting is open to proven professionals active in the development or financing of power projects in Africa.

Among the confirmed speakers to date include Thabane Zulu, Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa, Karen Breytenbach, Head of IPP Office, Department of Energy, South Africa, Lena Mangondo, Head of Legal, IPP Office, Department of Energy, South Africa; as well as Gonzalo Ramirez, Director, South America, Excelerate Energy, Ramzi Mroueh, Managing Director EMEA, Cheniere and  Sean Friend, Investment Director, Infrastructural, Developmental and Environmental Assets Managed Fund, Old Mutual Alternative Investments.

“The SA Gas options event provides a gathering point for developers, regulators, utilities, private investors and contractors, essentially bringing together all the stakeholders needed to deliver a successful gas-based IPP programme in South Africa.” commented Friend.

For more information about this meeting:

Meeting date: 3-5 October 2016

Venue: The Westin Hotel Cape Town


Contact: Alexandra Cianciara, Marketing Executive


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