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The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) welcomes the signing of the 27 outstanding REIPPPP Power Purchase Agreements.

Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC project development manager- energy projects commented that these projects have various localisation and socio-economic impact potential linked to them.

South African energy minister Jeff Radebe concluded the signing of 27 projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Bid Windows 3.5 and 4 on Wednesday afternoon [4 April 2018], which will see the delivery of clean power to the South African society.

Cumulatively, the 27 projects are expected to add 2,300MW of electricity to the national grid over the next five years.

An integrated energy transition

Currently at the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and linked to the renewable energy component manufacturing, is a wind tower manufacturing facility that has supplied wind towers to the various wind REIPPP projects within the region. Read more: South African IPP secures projects totalling 620MW

To complement the logistics movement of the wind blades, the CDC has invested over R9 million in a lay down area for normal and abnormal cargo. The 12 hectares of land in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ located on the boundary between the Port of Ngqura and the Coega SEZ has played an integral role in the regional connection of wind power.

The CDC as a state-owned entity adopted an energy approach that is aligned to the prevailing vision for an integrated energy transition (including of electricity, liquid fuels and natural gas) for SA’s economy in terms of energy security, diversity and socio-economic development.

A mega energy project hub

Cementing the Coega SEZs status as a hub for mega energy projects, is the Dedisa Peaking Power Plant – R3.5 billion investment with a capacity of 342MW.

In addition, the SEZ is allocated 1,000MW in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Gas to Power Programme. As such, the organisation is driving an Environmental Impact Assessment for the Gas to Power Plant.

Sandisiwe added: “This is to ensure that the CDC continues to build momentum related to the national energy transition in order remain relevant to the developmental trajectory of South Africa.”