Gas-to-power will play an increasingly prominent role in South Africa’s energy mix until 2050, according to the Department of Energy’s latest draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), launched in Cape Town for public consultation.
According to the IRP document, gas and renewables will form the biggest chunk of installed capacity in SA by 2050. Gas share by installed capacity in SA is expected to rise from around 6% in 2016, to over 26% (35 GW) by 2050.
The gas share of the energy mix is also expected to rise from 1.4% in 2016, to 7% by 2050. What’s more, the IEP draft document indicated that natural gas demand would increase from 80 petajoules (PJ) today, to 100 PJ by 2050.
“The latest DoE documents reaffirm Siemens’ notion that gas is a critical component of South Africa’s future energy mix – in terms of operational efficiency, grid stability, affordability and environmental responsibility,” says Siemens SA CEO Sabine Dall’Omo.
The Department also acknowledged that planning gas and liquid fuels in separate silos from conventional electricity was no longer feasible, as both are recognised as critical means of power generation that work in synergy with other sources.
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