The Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme aims to procure 2 500MW of electricity from coal fired power stations with individual bids capped at 600MW per project. The programme is designed to contribute towards socio-economic development and sustainable growth, and to start and stimulate the participation of independent power producers in the Baseload Energy generation capacity industry in South Africa.

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Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme:

The power generated from this programme must be new generation capacity, as defined in the New Gen Regulations. For the purposes of this programme, the refurbishment of existing coal-fired power generation units will not be considered as new generation capacity. The facility shall not include retrofit or refurbished plant or equipment. It shall be new plant and equipment installed on a greenfield or previously cleared brownfield site.

Therefore, Bidders who wish to use existing coal-fired power plants for the purposes of their projects must ensure that the existing equipment and machinery used for the generation of electricity on the proposed project sites are completely decommissioned and that a completely new facility is built on the existing site in order to participate in this programme.

This programme will procure coal fired power generation technology that include boilers of the pulverised coal or fluidised bed type. The boilers combust coal to generate heat, which in turn is used to create high pressure and temperature steam that is then expanded in the steam turbine. The mechanical energy produced in the steam turbine is then converted to electrical energy in the generator.

The difference in the two boiler technologies is that pulverised coal technology uses coal that has been ground in a mill to a fine, micron sized powder. This pulverised coal is then injected into the boiler furnace with air via burners. Whereas fluidised bed combustion technology uses coarser, millimetre sized coal which is primarily combusted in a bed that is fluidised with air at the base of the furnace.

Notices and Alerts

First Bid Submission Phase

The Evaluation of the First Bid Submission Phase is completed. Bidders will in due course be advised of the outcome.

Delay Notice

The Department would like to bring to your attention that the Coal Baseload Bid Window 2 Submission Dates have been postponed. New Dates will be communicated in due course via the website and a Briefing Note.

The Department loaded all the volumes of the RFP containing Bid Returnable Schedules onto the Website
The last date for Bidders to submit written questions in terms of clause 33 (Time for requests and clarifications) of the RFP Part A is extended to close of business on 08 May 2015.
The Bidders' Conference date will be announced at a later stage by way of a Briefing Note.
The cost of R 200 000 (two hundred thousand Rand) for the RFP is per project irrespective of when it is submitted.