DE RUEHSA #0500 0401535
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 091535Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8138
INFO RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC UNCLAS PRETORIA 000500
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED
DEPARTMENT FOR ISN/NESS:CMARTIN, OES/PCI:LBRUTTON AND
DOE FOR NE:AHAN
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: SOUTH AFRICA REQUESTS U.S. ENERGY PLANNING MODEL
REF: (A) JOHANNESBURG 00035 (B) PRETORIA 00373 (C)
1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraph 6.
2. (SBU) Summary. South Africa has requested U.S. assistance
with developing a U.S.-based energy planning model and seeks
broader cooperation around energy issues. The South African
Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) would like to send
two senior officials to Washington to meet with U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) officials regarding energy
planning models. DME has also expressed interest in
developing a broad agreement around energy issues. Post
requests point(s) of contact for DME requests. End Summary.
A Call for Help
3. (SBU) In a February 5 meeting with econoff, DME Nuclear
Chief Tseliso Maqubela asked econoff for DOE assistance with
energy planning. Maqubela said DME wants to adopt the U.S.
model for energy planning, specifically referencing DOE's
National Energy Modeling System. He said DME has until May to
produce a new energy plan. Maqubela asked to send two senior
DME officials to Washington DC the following week to meet
with DOE officials and learn how to adopt the U.S. National
Energy Modeling System. Econoff agreed to forward the
request but said that more time would be needed to prepare
for the visit.
Broader Cooperation Sought
4. (SBU) Maqubela told econoff that the December 1 meeting
between DME Minister Buywela Sonjica and DOE Secretary Bodman
on the margins of the Corporate Council for Africa's Oil and
Gas Forum in Bethesda went extremely well. Maqubela said
that the two agreed to cooperate on energy issues and that
the use of the energy model was discussed. Maqubela called
the meeting represented a "turning point" in U.S./SAG energy
relations and said we should pursue a broad cooperative
agreement around all energy issues. He said that this
inclusive approach would help deflect the current narrow
focus on nuclear cooperation agreements which have been
stalled for several years. Note: An R&D agreement on Nuclear
Energy is ready for signature and Maqbela provided a point of
contact for signature coordination (septel). End Note.
5. (SBU) Maqubela suggested initiating broader energy
cooperation with an MOU which would describe cooperation
around hydrocarbons, renewables, nuclear and electricity. He
suggested creating a Joint Standing Committee on Nuclear
Energy Cooperation (JSCNEC). Maqubela also stated that a
cooperative agreement between the two countries would be
viewed favorably in awarding contracts to U.S. companies as
South Africa engages in a major capital expenditure program
to increase its power supply.
6. (SBU) Action Request: Post requests a point of contact
at DOE to respond to DME's request for use of the U.S. energy
model and a Washington visit.
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