1. Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask Minister of Energy:
1. Whether her department has any plans in place to prioritise the production from waste nationwide; if not, why not, if so, what plans;
2. Whether she has been informed of an overlap of authority and competence in the arena of waste energy that prevents the initiation of a range of technologies now available in the country, both homegrown and imported, to reduce the burden of waste and increase the energy which is being generated; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
1. Yes, the department has in place the Working for Energy Programme which amoungst other things seeks to optimise the conversion of organic waste materials to modern forms of energy. In addiont to this, the designated National Authority within the Department received 8 Waste to Gas/Energy application. Out of the 8 supported applications, 5 where registered by the Executive Board whilst 3 are still awaiting final response.
One of the corrective measures we committed to undertake to unblock the challanges within the CDM Waste to Gas projects is to improve the regulatory process in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act. The Department of Energy, together with the National Treasury are currently preparing for a compulsory capacity building working for Municipalities, scheduled to be held in July 2013.
As the Minister of Energy I am currently engaging the Gauteng Provinsial Economic Development and Infrastructure Departments and Gauteng Metropolitian municipalities to accelerate the waste to energy production that will realise job creation in the said Metros.
2. Yes, the Department is aware of the overlaps relating to the Municipalities' ownership of the resouce (the Municipal Solid Waste) as well as the conversion of such resouce to energy, the latter being a DoE mandate. Other overlaps are addressed through thr interaction or capacity building workshop which will be jointly help with National Treasury as outlined in (1) above.
Engagements between the DoE, DEA and the Department of Public Works with respect to the alignment of the Working for Energy with other programmes within the Extended Public Works Programme, particularly with the Working for Fire and Working for Wetlands are in progress with the aim of creating synergy among them.
2. Mr S. J. Njikelana (ANC) to ask the Minister of Energy:
Whether her department intends to proceed with the Basa njengo Magogo project; if not, why not; if so, in what manner? NW187E
Yes, the Department intends to proceed with the Basa njengoMagogo (BnM) Programme. Due to the nature of the project, the Minister directed CEF (SOC) Limited to undertake the BnM Roll-out Programme on behalf of the Department. The Department will play an oversight role, assisting CEF in promoting, coordinating and managing the BnM Roll-out Programme. The Department, with the cooperation of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Clean Fires Campaign Programme, is also encouraging other third parties to promote BnM projects.
3. Mr J F Smalle (DA) to ask the Minister of Energy:
1. Whether any bidders were exempted from the Independent Power Producer (IPP) requirements on the Ingula Peaker Plant project; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which bidders and (b) why were they exempted;
2. How many IPPs applied for the Ingula Peaker Plant project;
3. (a) when will the Ingula Peaker Plant project be commissioned and (b) what will be its total electricity output;
4. What are the (a) budgeted cost and (b) actual cost of the Ingula Peaker Plant project? NW238E
1. (a) (b) Eskom was tasked to build the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme project in 2004, there was no process to involve IPPs. The Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme project is a design, Build and Operate with contractors executing the project contracted on an Engineer, Procure and Construct basis and on multiple packages.
2. There were no requirements for IPP participation. Construction of the project is based on Multiple packages executed on an Engineer, Procure and Construct basis.
3. (a) Unit 3 February 2015
Unit 4 April 2015
Unit 2 May 2015
Unit 1 July 2015
4. Excluding Interest During Construction (IDC)- R25.9 billion; the revised business case was approved by the Eskom Board in November 2012 and the project is on track to be completed within this cost.