Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP RSA), has begun construction on the 140MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole District, South Africa.
The latest facility is the group’s third wind project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
The company will invest more than €200m in the plant and construction is expected to be completed by September 2020.
After completion, Nxuba is expected to generate more than 460GWh per year, avoiding the emission of around 500,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
The wind farm will be supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with South African energy utility Eskom, as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender, which awarded five wind projects for 700MW to the Enel Group in its fourth round in April 2015.
During the construction of the power plant, EGP RSA will use innovative tools and practices, such as advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities and plant commissioning, digital tools to perform quality controls on site and smart tracking of wind turbine components.
With its local partners, the company will also ensure socio-economic and enterprise development, preferential procurement and job creation in the surrounding communities, involving local businesses as suppliers, providing free Wi-Fi to communities in the area and holding wind technology training courses for locals.
EGP RSA has also focused on education by supplying schools with clean energy through mini-PV systems, awarding scholarships to students and supporting a school feeding programme.
Other projects won by EGP RSA in Round 4 of the REIPPPP tender are: the 140MW Oyster Bay wind farm, also in the Eastern Cape, as well as the 140MW Garob, the 140MW Karusa and the 140MW Soetwater wind plants, all in the Northern Cape province.
Image: A wind farm constructed by Enel at Gibson Bay in South Africa. Photo: Courtesy of Enel Spa.