Economic development not a qualifying criterion for 513 MW battery storage bids

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The five substation sites were selected by Eskom to help unlock renewables

2nd June 2023

By: Terence Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Economic development factors have not been included as qualifying criteria for South Africa’s inaugural Energy Storage Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (ESIPPPP), through which the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy aims to procure 513 MW, or at least 2 052 MWh, of battery storage across five substation sites in the Northern Cape.

The ESIPPPP request for proposals (RFP) was launched on March 7 and the bid submission date has been set for July 5, while Eskom has selected sites at the following substations:

  • Aggeneis 77 MW, at a minimum installed energy rating of 308 MWh;
  • Ferrum 103 MW, at a minimum installed energy rating of 412 MWh;
  • Garona 153 MW, at a minimum installed energy rating of 612 MWh;
  • Mookodi 77 MW, at a minimum installed energy rating of 308 MWh; and
  • Nieuwehoop 103 MW, at a minimum installed energy rating of 412 MWh.

Eskom selected the sites in an effort to unlock renewables capacity in the grid- constrained province, but the storage projects are also required to offer ancillary services.

Bids outside of these specified substation connection areas will not be considered.

Speaking at a virtual bidders conference, IPP Office contract management and economics acting head Louis Moyse confirmed that, while ten points had been allocated to economic development, these were neither obligatory nor qualifying criteria.

He said the Constitutional Court’s declaration that the regulations under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) were invalid meant that the new regulations had been “substantially limited” as from January 16.

The court found that the Finance Minister had exceeded his powers by prescribing procurement rules to organs of State, which meant that the 2017 regulations under the PPPFA were in contravention of Section 217 of the Constitution.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana published new preferential procurement regulations on November 4, which he described as a stopgap measure, given that the National Treasury was moving ahead with a Public Procurement Bill, which would overhaul the procurement legislation.

Given developments, the IPP Office was unable to employ the bespoke economic development scorecard used during previous procurement processes and the economic development elements for the ESIPPPP had instead been included as “specific goals”.

These goals had been drawn from the bespoke scorecard and included ownership, which carried the biggest weighting, job creation, local content, management control, skills development, enterprise and supplier development, as well as socioeconomic development.

“Although commitments to any or all of the specific goals are not compulsory, it is important to remember that it is a social compact of this programme and bidders should not be compelled, but it should be a natural consequence of the programme,” Moyes said.


until the regulatory framework had been changed, other procurement programmes undertaken by the IPP Office would also not include economic development as a qualifying criterion.

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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