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Scatec has become the first developer to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) under South Africa’s first Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Programme (RMIPPP), for its three Kenhardt solar PV and battery hybrid projects. The milestone marks the start of an intensive period for developers and financiers involved in the RMIPPP and the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) fifth round, who are pushing to finalise terms and start construction over the next three months.

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South Africa’s SolarAfrica has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply Vantage Data Centers’ new site in Johannesburg with 87MW of solar power. The contract will see power wheeled over the grid from a site in the Northern Cape, with the aim of helping Vantage and its clients meet their net zero requirements.

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Construction of the Lephalale solar PV plant that will power Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo province is scheduled to start in early 2023, following approval of the project by National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

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Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) deputy director-general Jacob Mbele has confirmed that a request for proposals (RfP) for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP)’s seventh round will be released later this year, alongside an RfP for the gas-to-power IPP programme in October.

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While western partners focus on renewable energy, Eskom chief executive André De Ruyter and general manager for just energy transition Mandy Rambharos has restated the utility’s commitment to developing new gas capacity.

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South Africa’s transmission shortfalls are having ramifications across the value chain. Sola Group chief executive Dominic Wills told African Energy that access to limited substation space was becoming problematic across South Africa, not just in the Northern Cape.

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European Union Delegation to South Africa head of co-operation Bernard Rey told the recent Enlit Africa event in Cape Town that the EU was heavily committed to supporting the energy transition in Africa, while recognising the need for flexibility.

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Sasol and the Northern Cape’s development body are expected to complete prefeasibility work on a 5GW green hydrogen plant in September, with a full feasibility study to begin soon afterwards.

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South Africa’s $8.5bn Just Energy Transition Partnership is starting to take shape, with Eskom committing to decommission more than 20GW of coal by 2035 and promising more than $6.3bn to be invested in transmission upgrades. But there are also concerns about the direction of travel as the government separately considers adding new coal and gas capacity.

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Australian gas explorer Kinetiko Energy said it had encountered significant gas formations at all three Korhaan project wells in the northern Karoo Basin of South Africa. In the near future, the company plans to enter a pilot production phase  – using existing wells at Brakfontein – with gas-to-power partners Vutomi Energy.

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BTE Renewables has taken over the ownership of the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV plant in the Northern Cape, after buying Sonnedix Africa’s 60% interest in the project.

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It may be a major player around the continent, but Italian major Eni has confirmed it has ended its involvement in South Africa’s upstream sector, following the transfer of its entire participating interest in the Exploration Right permit 236 (ER236) to its partner Sasol.

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The oil and gas industry and local environmental campaigners are awaiting a ruling from the Gqeberha High Court in the Eastern Cape, following a three-day hearing on Shell’s offshore seismic survey plans which was adjourned on 31 May with judgement reserved.

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Looking for a bounce from the excitement generated by oil majors’ recent finds in neighbouring offshore Namibia, Lundin Group’s Africa Energy Corporation says its Block 2B joint venture with Eco Atlantic, Panoro Energy and Crown Energy will start drilling the Gazania exploration well off South Africa by September.

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One of South Africa’s largest wind power facilities, the Roggeveld Wind farm has been officially launched in the Western Cape by deputy minister of mineral resources and energy Nobuhle Nkabane.

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