Expert: SA should have started energy procurement process sooner

South Africa has issued a request for proposals to procure 2,000 megawatts of emergency power.

Eskom's Medupi power station. Picture: Eskom.co.za

CAPE TOWN - An energy expert believes that South Africa should have embarked on its energy procurement process earlier.

South Africa has issued a request for proposals to procure 2,000 megawatts of emergency power.

The Energy Department at the weekend formally initiated the process under its risk mitigation independent power producer procurement programme.

*SA seeks proposals for 2,000 MW of emergency power

Loadshedding has become a regular occurrence in the country as state-owned power utility Eskom has grappled with various issues at its power plants.

Energy analyst Chris Yelland said: “If we started two years ago, we would have it by now. But let’s be thankful that we have it now. I think it’s a good achievement that it’s finally been brought out after many talks.”

Yelland said there would be plenty of proposals.

“There is money and an appetite, that’s not a problem at all. The problem is bureaucracy. But as I said, it is happening and the request for proposals is out.”

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