South Africa seeks revised renewable energy policy

The government of South Africa invites expressions of interest from consultants to revise the country’s renewable energy policies, which include small hydropower. Responses are due November 13, 2009.

The government received US$6 million from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility to help finance a Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) project. REMT was created to support South Africa’s 2003 White Paper on Renewable Energy setting a target of 4 percent of demand met by 2013 from renewables including biomass, wind, solar, and small-scale hydropower sources. (HydroWorld 8/17/07)

Earlier this year, South Africa’s energy regulator approved renewable energy “feed-in” tariffs intended to set guaranteed prices that national utility Eskom must pay for electricity generated by small hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas projects. (HydroWorld 4/1/09)

The latest work is intended to strengthen organizations and institutions that would help the government meet its renewable energy target, including developing legal and policy frameworks as well as promotion, regulation, and service to renewable energy generation.

The Development Bank of Southern Africa, which was named by the government to implement the REMT project, seeks consultants to revise the 2003 white paper, establishing policy context, recommending revised renewable energy targets, and outlining mechanisms to achieve the targets.

Expressions of interest, in six copies labeled “Expression of Interest for the Review of the Renewable Energy White Paper,” are due by 11 a.m. November 13 to the address below. Electronic submissions including a single pdf or other protected file also are encouraged to be sent to the e-mail address below.

For information, contact Ms. Dineo Mathonsi, Renewable Energy Market Transformation Unit, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Agencies Unit, Teljoy Building, International Business Gateway, Cnr. New Road/Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 1234, Halfway House, Midrand 1685 Gauteng, South Africa; (27) 11-3133598; Fax: (27) 11-2063598; E-mail:

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South Africa seeks construction of Spring Grove Dam

South Africa water authorities invite applications for pre-qualification to construct the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2, including Spring Grove Dam. Responses are due September 4, 2009.

Trans-Caledon Water Authority (TCTA), developer of the giant Lesotho Highlands Water Project and South Africa’s Berg River Dam, is developing the water project. (HydroWorld 8/23/07) Spring Grove Dam is to be a concrete and earthfill structure, 733 meters long and 42 meters tall.

The dam is to feature an uncontrolled spillway and outlet works, access roads, road deviations around the reservoir, a fish barrier upstream, and gauging weirs. The contract also includes electrical and hydro-mechanical works, and dam monitoring instrumentation. Work is to begin in March 2010, subject to environmental authorization.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from Anita Saunders at the address below for 2,500 rand (US$317).

Applications for pre-qualification are due by 2 p.m. September 4. For information, contact Memory Skhosana, Trans-Caledon Water Authority (TCTA), 265 West St., Tuinhof Building, Stinkhout Wing, 1st Floor, Centurion 0157 South Africa; (27) 12-6831200.