South Africa will soon embark on large new-build gas Independent Power Producer’s programme for 3,126 MW + 600 MW in accordance with the IRP2010 and Ministerial Determinations, the majority of which will likely be initially supplied using imported Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
However, what South Africa does with this capacity is yet to be fully divulged in terms of what plant performance criteria should be considered in order to ensure the maximum system benefit is realised. Our findings reveal that it is the flexibility requirements of the power system which should be prioritised over any project level cost optimisations and that flexible LNG project solutions should hold greater value than inflexible solutions to the system. The integration of this flexible capacity will also support the improvement of system reliability and sustainability by enabling greater levels of renewable energy to be introduced onto the grid.
In this webinar our expert will explain why truly flexible power generation plays a key role in the future power system in South Africa.