Enel commences construction on 140MW wind farm in South Africa

WCN Editorial Team 28 May 2019 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Italian energy company Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA has started construction on the 140MW Oyster Bay wind farm in South Africa.

The company is investing nearly €180m (£159m) in the wind farm, which is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021.

It power plant will be located in the Kouga Local Municipality, in the country’s Eastern Cape province.

The wind farm, powered by 41 turbines, will generate about 568GWh of clean electricity annually, avoiding nearly 590,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

The wind farm is supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with the country’s energy utility Eskom, as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender.

Enel had won a tender in April 2015 to develop five wind projects totalling 700MW in its fourth round.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “With the start of construction of the fourth wind project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, we are continuing to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area through our zero-emission energy and initiatives to create shared value. These initiatives include the innovative model implemented at the Oyster Bay construction site, as well as the sustainability activities focused on scientific and technical education in the area around the project.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to harness South Africa’s abundance of renewable resources, creating a virtuous circle of sustainable energy generation, education and development.”

Enel said that it will use new tools and methods during the construction phase, including advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities and plant commissioning, digital tools to perform quality controls at the site. It will also use smart tracking of wind turbine components along with deploying an active safety system.

These processes could deliver more accurate and reliable data, which can improve the quality of construction, while facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.

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Image: Enel begins construction on a new wind farm in South Africa. Photo: Courtesy of Pexels/Pixabay.

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