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December 2018


For the energy sector, 2018 has been a mixed bag of fortunes. After years of policy confusion and huge costs to the industry as a result of delays, the elevation of Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa as President and a cabinet reshuffle provided glimpses of policy clarity.

The government delivered on its promise of signing the 27 IPPs and released the updated Integrated Resource Plan. We can therefore say we ended the year on a high note.

Although we are happy that the IRP 2018 was released as promised, it contained some surprises. For example, there are no new allocations for the concentrated solar power. We remain hopeful that the Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, will include CSP via a ministerial determination the same way he has done for 1000MW coal and 2,500MW from the Great Inga hydro plant to be built in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

That said, we at SENER are very pleased with the progress we are making on the three projects we are busy with in the Northern Cape Province. The successful synchronisation of Kathu with the Eskom’s grid took place middle of November and we are confident that shortly, we would have reached full operational stage.

Regarding Ilanga-1 CSP, together with its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners SENER reached commercial operation date on 30 November 2018.

This is a historic moment in South Africa’s energy transition as another renewable energy power plant that supplies clean, reliable, sustainable and dispatchable energy is successfully completed.

We are particularly pleased that it was completed on time, within budget, within the required quality standards, in line with the contracted output performance and within acceptable safety standards.

We are also pleased with the level of localisation, BBBEE, skills development and job creation that was achieved on the project. It is a clear indication of what is possible if the CSP industry can be nurtured and allowed to flourish in South Africa. SENER is proud of being a technology provider, engineering subcontractor and member of the EPC contractor on such a special project.

We are looking forward to seeing the final IRP document as well as the new bid window period. While awaiting these processes to unfold, we are working hard on positioning the business for expected gas projects here and in the region.

Lastly, on behalf of SENER, I would like to wish you a restful and joyful festive season and everything of the best in the new year.

Siyabonga Mbanjwa

Managing Director at SENER Southern Africa


Press release
On track to deliver clean electricity

On track to deliver clean electricity

Kathu Solar park accomplished first synchronisation to the Eskom grid in October and Ilanga-1 reached Commercial Operation Day last week meaning the construction phase was completed on time and within budget. Read more on our website [+]

Press release
Leaving a lasting legacy

Leaving a lasting legacy

Concentrated Solar Power plants Ilanga-1 and Kathu are helping regenerate the economic, social and industrial fabric of the Northern Cape. Read more about our socio-economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation projects. [+]


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