In South Africa, the Department of Energy’s gas-fired Dedisa Peaker Power Project has commenced commercial operation, remaining on schedule since its inception in 2013. The 335MW power plant is situated in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, Port Elizabeth.
In addition to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), this project is one of the first large-scale independent power producer (IPP) based projects in the Southern African country.
Gas-fired project specs
The generated power will be supplied to national utility Eskom, through a signed 15 year power purchase agreement.
The gas-fired power plant was developed through a consortium comprising of ENGIE, Legend Power Solutions, Mitsui&Co and Peaker Trust who are representing the community, the APO reported last week.
This project was launched together with the 670MW diesel-fired Avon project near Durban.
Both power plants are adjacent to high voltage Eskom substations, where the power is linking to the transmission system at 275kV and 400kV respectively.
In a statement, Arnaud de Limburg, CEO of Dedisa Peaking Power, said: "Dedisa has started commercial operation on schedule and I want to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to this achievement for their efforts and support.
"We owe our success to a solid partnership, strong support from both local and national authorities, and highly motivated teams. I'm also proud that we have attained our goal with the utmost attention to our economic development objectives."
He added: "Looking ahead, I am confident that in the frame of South Africa's Gas Master Plan we will be able to convert the Dedisa facility to baseload and combined cycle as envisaged by the Department of Energy."
Expansion of gas in S.Africa
In other gas news, last month the state-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced that energy advancements from South African gas is approaching a “golden age” and attracting increased attention.
CDC energy manager, Sandisiwe Ncemane, said: “Energy development from gas is especially important because it will assist the country to meet base-load energy needs between 2020 and 2030. The upside for gas to power projects is its character for relatively shorter gestation period.”
The CDC has issued a tender for an environmental impact assessment for a gas to power plant, which has received significant interest.
Should the project be approved, it will be located less than 4km from the 400kV Dedisa substation, which is expected to reduce costs for taxpayers and authorities, CDC said in a statement.
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