South Africa moves forward with 3 GW of gas projects, says minister
(Reuters) – South Africa is accelerating plans to generate 3 gigawatts (GW) of gas-fired power to help close an energy gap hurting the economy, the electricity minister said on Sunday , Kgosientsho Ramakgopa.
Africa’s most developed economy faces daily power cuts due to regular outages at the aging coal plants of Eskom, the national power company, with officials saying up to 6 GW of New production capacity is needed to put an end to repeated power outages.
Part of the government’s plans to increase production include a 2 GW mobile plant and a 1 GW power plant near Coega in the Eastern Cape province, Ramakgopa said, adding that the government was at the procurement stage. markets for projects.
“One of the priority things is the 3,000 megawatts of gas. As you know, gas, from an emissions perspective, is a step backwards from coal, so it’s important to accelerate that,” said Ramakgopa.
The South African government’s initial plans to build a 3GW gas-fired power station at Richards Bay on the east coast have faced opposition from environmental groups who called for renewable energy projects to be accelerated , in line with the global shift away from polluting fossil fuels.
Ramakgopa said in June that South Africa expects more than 5.5 GW of new renewable energy projects to come online by 2026.
South Africa is also seeking to extend the life of its 40-year-old 1.94 GW Koeberg nuclear power plant by 20 years, beyond its planned closure next year.
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