Transnet Freight Rail publishes a request for information on alternative energy sources – with the aim of ensuring energy security, reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy efficiency

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the largest operating division of Transnet SOC, Ltd, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for alternative energy sources for its traction energy loads on all its corridors, at the national scale. It comes at a time when world leaders are gathering at COP27 to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development and use of clean energy sources.

TFR seeks to understand how affordable renewable electrical energy can be integrated into its traction power supplies to improve energy security and efficiency and reduce its operational impact on the environment. The loads that TFR primarily aims to supply on its extensive rail network are traction loads, which are intermittent in nature with high peak periods and short demand periods. TFR appreciates and encourages both the inclusion of renewable energy proposals beyond and not limited to just popular market drivers such as solar and wind. This includes the incorporation of renewable energy sources such as or hybrids of hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal or other energy.

TFR intends to embark on a renewable energy purchase program (REPPP) with the aim of diversifying the sources of electrical energy used in its operations. The objective of the RFI is to establish existing and planned renewable energy projects, assess the potential for electricity transmission and joint venture development partnership with the private sector for self-generation. After receiving and reviewing the RFI responses, TFR may issue a request for proposals provided that sufficient information is obtained from the RFI submissions.

Transnet is an energy-intensive organization that uses electricity and liquid fuels in its operations. In fiscal year 2021/22, TFR consumed over 1,800 GWh of traction energy, demonstrating significant potential for the inclusion of technically feasible renewable energy sources in electric traction energy supply.

RFI responses can be localized and do not have to cover the entire country, corridor or region. The RFI can be found at the following link The non-mandatory information session for the RFI is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2022 on the Microsoft Teams platform.

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