Durban has a R324 billion plan to end power outages

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The South African municipality, which includes the port city of Durban, eThekwini, has drawn up plans to attract R324 billion ($18 billion) in investment in power plants by 2035, amid the country’s worst-ever power outages.

This city of about 4 million people, South Africa’s third largest, plans to apply for 400 megawatts of power generation capacity later this year or early 2023, pending approval from the government. National Treasury.

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The tender could attract R10 billion in investment, Sbu Ntshalintshali, the council’s head of energy transition, said in a Sept. 13 presentation.

South Africa’s largest cities are working to secure their own power supplies as Eskom Holdings, the highly indebted national utility company, struggles to meet demand due to breakdowns at its poorly maintained coal-fired power plants.

The country has had more than 100 days of power outages this year. Cape Town is assessing bids for independent power supply and Johannesburg is planning a tender to do the same.

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eThekwini’s long-term plans are to purchase 2,600 megawatts of generation by 2035 from a mix of energy sources, including coal and nuclear power. The first independent power stations are expected to generate electricity in 2025. The first plants will provide solar power and electricity from natural gas, Ntshalintshali said.

The city wants to have its power supplied from the following sources:

  • 940 MW nuclear power
  • 850 MW power from natural gas
  • 500MW coal-fired generation
  • 300 MW from offshore wind power plants
  • 200 MW photovoltaic solar energy
  • 110 MW generated from biomass
  • 50 MW from waste-to-energy plants
  • 50 MW hydropower
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Read: Cape Town and Joburg struggle to move away from Eskom grid after ‘unprecedented power cuts’ warnings

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