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Renewable energy boosts South African infrastructure group

The Raubex group’s infrastructure division has prospered since its formation about 18 months ago, thanks in part to the electrical and alternative energy infrastructure sector in South Africa. The backbone of these services is the division’s specialised capabilities in civil construction and earthworks.

Dirk Lourens, managing director of Raubex Infra, says the most gratifying development in the new division’s growth has been the rapid uptake of the services offered by its renewable energy unit.

“The market is starting to recognise these specialised capabilities and we’re currently working on seven Round 1 and Round 2 projects in the renewable energy arena. This is a very exciting achievement, considering that we’re the new kid on the block and that we’re competing in this sector against international competition, as well as the major local construction companies. We’re now positioning ourselves to offer the complete scope of energy project services in-house, from civil and electrical to mechanical work.”

Among the renewable energy projects being implemented by Raubex Infra’s dedicated power and energy infrastructure projects unit are two contracts by Norwegian solar energy provider, Scatec Solar, to provide civils and electrical work for its two new photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants. The two plants, Linde near Hanover in the Northern Cape and Dreunberg near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, will generate a combined 115 MW under the second round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Work on the projects is already underway, with the plants scheduled for completion mid-2014.

Raubex Infra is also currently involved in one major project in the mining infrastructure field, two big projects under the telecommunications banner and one significant rail infrastructure project.

Picture: Construction works for the De Aar photovoltaic solar farm