The South African Government has awarded three energy supply contracts to Italy-based Enel Green Power (EGP) for three wind projects having a combined generation capacity of 425MW.
The Italian firm obtained the right to enter into power supply contracts with the South African utility Eskom in the fourth phase of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) tender process.
The three wind projects under consideration are the Oyster Bay, Nxuba and Karusa, which will be constructed in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces in the country.
While the 142 MW Oyster Bay and the 141MW Nxuba projects are expected to be operational by 2017, the 142MW Karusa wind farm has been scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.
Construction of the three wind farms is expected to involve an investment of €500m.
Once operational, the three renewable energy projects are expected to supply nearly 1,560GWh every year to meet the growing energy requirements in the country.
The projects are part of EGP’s strategic development plan. They will be connected to the firm’s operational 10MW photovoltaic facility in Upington (Northern Cape).
EGP has also won projects totalling 513MW of projects in the third phase of the REIPPPP tender in South Africa.