Renewable development and management company Enel Green Power (EGP) has announced it is a successful bidder under the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPP) securing a 425MW contract with parastatal Eskom for the development of three wind power projects.
Letters were issued to preferred bidders on Friday.
The three projects will be constructed in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces where wind resources are plentiful.
The three wind power projects:
- 142MW Oyster Bay to be completed and online in 2017
- 141MW Nxuba to be completed and online in 2017
- 142MW Karusa to come online in 2018
EGP said the three plants will require a total investment of 500 million euros and once in operation will have a generation capacity of 1,560GWh per annum.
EGP existing plants
The wind plants will add to EGP’s existing South African renewable energy assets.
The company operates 10MW of photovoltaic solar power in Upington, Northern Cape, in addition to 513MW of power projects which the company was awarded in round three of REIPPP.
Earlier this year, EGP also announced that it had commenced the construction of three photovoltaic plants in South Africa.
The Aurora, Paleisheuwel and Tom Burke PV plants will be located in different areas across the country with a combined generation capacity of 231MW.
The Northern Cape Aurora plant is currently on 82.5MW generation output and is estimated to generate an additional 168 GWh per year once in full operation.
The Paleisheuwel photovoltaic plant will be developed in the Western Cape with a generation output of 82.5MW. Once the plant reaches optimal operation it will be able to generate a further 153GWh per year.
Located in Limpopo Province, the Tom Burke solar PV plant has an installed capacity of 66MW and will have the ability to add 122 GWh a year once fully up and running.