The signing of the 27, long-delayed independent power producer (IPP) projects is due to receive urgent attention from newly appointed Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, the Department of Energy’s director-general Thabane Zulu said on Tuesday. Early in February, former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown gave Eskom the go ahead to sign the outstanding power-purchase agreements with IPPs under bid windows 3.5 and 4. However, since then, nothing has taken place. In reply to questions by members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, Zulu said Radebe would also be asked for guidance on the integrated resource plan (IRP) approved by Cabinet in December, but which has not been gazetted. Zulu assumed the reason why the IRP had not been gazetted was because while Cabinet had approved the plan, it had also raised certain concerns about it that had to be addressed. According to Zulu, the minister was due to be briefed on Tuesday afternoon on the whole IPP programme, as well as the outst...

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