Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (RE IPP) announce recommended preferred bidders

Publication | December 2011


The Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa (DoE) has yesterday morning announced the recommended preferred bidders in relation to the first bid window of the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (RE IPP). The announcement was made in Durban at the COP17 conference.

A total of 53 bids were evaluated by the DoE, amounting to 2,128MW. 28 bids, representing a total of 1,416MW were selected as preferred bidders. A total of 2,209MW remains to be allocated in the remaining phases to all technologies to make up the total allocation of 3,625MW earmarked for the RE IPP process.

In summary:

  • Bids received for Phase 1 included solar PV, solar CSP, wind and small hydro.
  • 18 Solar photovoltaic (PV) projects were nominated as preferred bidders, totalling 631.54MW. This represents 43.6% of the total planned allocation of 1,450MW for solar PV.
  • 2 Solar CSP projects were selected, totalling 150MW of total allocation of 200MW, representing 75% of the total available capacity of 200MW for solar CSP.
  • 8 Wind projects were selected, totalling 633.99MW, representing 34.3% of the total available capacity of 1,850MW.

This announcement represents a significant and exciting milestone in the development of South Africa’s energy strategy. Despite a slow start and some unexpected delays and difficulties, the DoE can be proud of its achievement and that of its advisers. Julian Jackson, co-head of Norton Rose South Africa’s Energy practice says “In light of this landmark announcement, we are confident that the future for renewables projects, and IPPs more generally, in South Africa is bright. This announcement is a tribute to the international and local sponsors and developers, as well as their financiers and funders. To have come this far in the process demonstrates real skill, dedication and know-how, and we expect future bids to follow suit.”

Norton Rose is pleased to announce it has been involved as legal adviser in relation to 3 of the 8 successful wind projects, 10 of the 18 solar PV projects and both successful solar CSP projects. This means Norton Rose has advised in relation to round 1 RE IPP wind projects totalling 239MW (38% of selected wind projects), solar PV projects totalling 276MW (44% of selected solar PV projects), and solar CSP projects totalling 150 MW (100% of selected solar CSP projects).

Simon Currie, Global Head of the Energy practice in London, says “as a global firm we put forward integrated international teams, with lawyers from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, London and Abu Dhabi”.

Partners/directors involved in the RE IPP include:

  • Matt Ash
  • Andrew Bembridge
  • Simon Currie
  • Werner de Waal
  • Tim de Wet
  • Bradley Harber
  • Richard Hill
  • Stephen Kennedy-Good
  • Mark Kyle
  • Julian Jackson
  • Ross Lomax
  • Richard Metcalf
  • Jackie Midlane
  • Gavin Noeth
  • Nick Pincott
  • Martin Preston
  • Nzame Qokweni
  • Gary Rademeyer
  • Arun Velusami

Associates involved in the RE IPP include:

  • Rutger Colenbrander
  • Coldron Denichaud
  • Vuyo Goni
  • Ania Gorna
  • Sarah Halford
  • Siobhan Halforty
  • Paul Hedderwick
  • Jim Jordan
  • Zaida Kathrada
  • Daniel Kaufman
  • Muzi Kubeka
  • Katie Liszka
  • Rob Marsh
  • Katia Mengel
  • Suncica Miletic
  • Andre van den Berg
  • David Wood
  • Thokozile Zambane

Rob Otty, Managing Director of Norton Rose South Africa, says “Our objective of providing our clients with a truly international service in South Africa and the rest of Africa has been vindicated by the co-operation involved between our various Energy experts across the globe to make this possible.”

Preferred bidders – Solar PV

SlimSun Swartland Solar Park5.00 MW
RustMo1 Solar Farm6.76 MW
Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV De Aar9.65 MW
Konkoonsies Solar9.65 MW
Aries Solar9.65 MW
Greefspan PV Power Plant10.00 MW
Herbert PV Power Plant19.90 MW
Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV Prieska19.93 MW
Soutpan Solar Park30.00 MW
Touwsrivier Project36.00 MW
De Aar Solar PV48.25 MW
SA Mainstream Renewable Power Droogfontein48.25 MW
Letsatsi Power Company64.00 MW
Lesedi Power Company64.00 MW
Kalkbult72.50 MW
Kathu Solar Energy Facility75.00 MW
Solar Capital De Aar (Pty) Ltd75.00 MW

Preferred bidders – Solar CSP

Khi Solar One50MW
KaXu Solar One100MW

Preferred bidders – Wind

Dassiesklip Wind Energy Facility26.19 MW
MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm26.19 MW
Hopefield Wind Farm65.40 MW
Noblesfontein72.75 MW
Red Cap Kouga Wind Farm – Oyster Bay77.60 MW
Dorper Wind Farm97.00 MW
Jeffreys Bay133.86 MW
Cookhouse Wind Farm135.00 MW



Jackie Midlane

Jackie Midlane

Ross Lomax

Ross Lomax

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Simon Currie

Simon Currie

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