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South Africa: Pressure Grows to Finalize IRP

On 11 October Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson backed away from earlier assurances that the updated IRP and the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) would be presented to a cabinet economic sub-committee on 12 October and a full cabinet meeting next week. No updated timetable for the presentations has been given. However, it is clear that there is growing pressure for the updated IRP to be finalized in order to provide greater certainty to energy policy. Although Joemat-Pettersson has made assurances that the IRP update will not affect past ministerial determinations for new power, such as the 3,126 MW gas-to-power IPP program, uncertainty over energy procurement will continue in the current unstable political environment.


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