Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has begun construction on its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole District, Eastern Cape. This is the group’s third wind power project in the province. The construction of Nxuba, scheduled to be completed by September 2020, involves an overall investment of more than 200 million euros.
Enel Green Power’s 10 MW solar power plant in Upington, Northern Cape.
Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power, said, “With the start of construction of the Nxuba wind farm, which is the first of the five projects awarded to the company in South Africa’s 2015 renewable energy tender programme to begin construction, Enel confirms its commitment to grow and strengthen its presence in the country. This new project reaffirms EGP RSA’s contribution to further diversifying South Africa’s generation mix, while supplying sustainable energy to Eskom and promoting the socio-economic growth of local communities.”
Once fully up and running, Nxuba is expected to generate over 460 GWh per year, avoiding emissions of around 500 000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The wind farm will be supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with Eskom, as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). In the fourth round April 2015 REIPPPP tender a total of five wind projects for 700 MW were awarded to the Enel Group.
EGP RSA will employ innovative tools and practices to build Nxuba, including 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. These processes and tools will enable swifter, more accurate and reliable data collection, improving the quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.
In addition, the company, with its local partners, has committed to ensuring socio-economic and enterprise development, preferential procurement and job creation in the surrounding communities, involving local businesses as suppliers, providing WiFi to communities in the area and holding wind technology training courses. EGP RSA is also focused on supporting education, which is key to socio-economic development, by supplying schools with clean energy through mini-PV systems, awarding scholarships to students and supporting a school feeding programme.
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