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Minister of Energy breathes new life to Coega Gas to Power Programme

May 18, 2018
Minister of Energy breathes new life to Coega Gas to Power Programme

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Thursday was highlighted as one of two sites to benefit from the Gas to Power Programme.

Jeff Radebe, in his maiden budget speech as Minister of Energy, highlighted the importance of the Energy mix to enable economic growth.

“No industrial power can exist without developing its energy apparatus, in general, and expanding its electrification program, in particular,” says Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy.

The CDC, allocated a 1000MW gas to power plant valued in excess of R25-billion has created a solid foundation for the Coega SEZ’s readiness for energy projects since the early 2000’s.

“Our location is the most ideal; this is at the backdrop of the extensive work put in by the CDC over the years as well as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that’s drawing towards finalization,” says Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC’s Energy Sector Manager.

“The reflection by the Minister on the importance of gas, and the ‘prioritisation of natural gas whether imported via regional pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals’ which would integrate to indigenous natural forms the basis of our Gas approach,” highlights Ncemane. The CDC continues to collaborate and cooperate with the Eastern Cape Province and various state organs as well as private sector to advance Coega readiness for a natural gas economy

The CDC, recently welcomed the completion of the MM Engineering facility, R350 million investment located in Zone 3 of the Coega SEZ. The MM Engineering plant with a full production capacity of 3 200 metal gas cylinders a day will become an import substitute.

PERFECT LOCATION WITH EXCELLENT INFRASTRUCTURE: the Coega SEZ has over R4-billion of energy projects