RMIPPP gaslights energy policy
When Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, announced the winning emergency power bidders and opened bid window 5 of the REIPPP, there was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the inclusion of Turkish power ships in particular. Not so much the technology solution as the term, which over 20 years, locks South Africa into a solution that is meant to fill the gap until more permanent solutions can be implemented to close the power gap. Speculation is rife that the request for proposal was engineered to achieve this outcome which will create an anchor buyer for the further development of the Brulpadda prospect. Michael Avery spoke to Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Deputy Director General, Jacob Mbele; Professor Mark Swilling, Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University; & Stefano Marani, the CEO of Renergen a junior natural gas and helium company listed here and an in Australia.