The offer has been made in response to a request for information (RFI) released by the DMRE in December in an effort to inform an upcoming ‘Risk Mitigation Power Purchase Programme’, which will seek to address an immediate supply deficit of 3 000 MW with solutions that can be “grid connected in the shortest time at the least possible cost”.
The closing date for the RFI was January 31 and the DMRE has given itself a month to evaluate the proposals and design a procurement process.
Engineering News has not yet been able to confirm the number of submissions made ahead of the RFI deadline, nor what solutions have been proposed. It is understood, however, that the DMRE received a strong response, with hundreds of potential bidders having descended on the Centurion headquarters of the Independent Power Producer Office at the end of January to hand-deliver their proposals.
The consortium includes black economic empowerment company Phinda Power (a member of the Newlyn Group), Japanese multinational Marubeni and liquefied natural gas and gas-to-power specialist Golar Power.
Mhlathuze Energy’s proposal provides for the rapid deployment in Richards Bay of 300 MW (up to a maximum of 1 200 MW) of emergency power generation capacity that could be operational within 12 months of financial close.
The solution would involve the deployment of General Electric- (GE-) supplied mobile aeroderivative gas turbines. The solution would require the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplied through a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) and the construction of the LNG marine import infrastructure.