In an effort to alleviate the current power crisis the department mineral resources and energy is undertaking an “emergency” power programme known as the risk-mitigation independent power purchase programme.

This 2GW programme is unique in its approach to power procurement in that it is the first time no single technology has been specified. Any technology in any location can be considered, as long as it meets the flexible dispatch requirements in a cost-effective way. This is a bold step forward in the thinking of power procurement for SA and one that may revolutionise the rollout of future power purchase programmes. ..

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