Enel has started construction in South Africa of its Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each.
Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA, has started construction in South Africa of its Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each. The plants, which are both located in the Karoo Hoogland District, Northern Cape province, are expected to be completed by the end of 2021, involving an investment of over 200 million euros each.
Karusa and Soetwater are the fourth and fifth wind project Enel Green Power has started building in South Africa since the beginning of this year, in line with its investment program in the country. The other projects, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each, are Nxuba and Oyster Bay in the Northern Cape, as well as Garob in the Eastern Cape. All five projects were awarded to Enel in Round 4 of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power, said that with the start of construction of Karusa and Soetwater, the firm is now building five wind projects in South Africa, for a total installed capacity of around 700 MW, which is further evidence of its ability to supply emission-free energy to this country, supporting its transition towards renewables.
“This robust pipeline of projects under construction comes on top of the major portfolio of wind and solar assets that we have already commissioned thanks to the determination and commitment with which we have worked in South Africa since we first started our development activities in the country, back in 2011. We are showing the same determination when it comes to innovation and sustainability, as all of our plants are being built through state-of-the-art technology and sustainable construction practices while creating local employment and income opportunities. Looking ahead, we are committed to further leverage on the wealth of renewable energy resources in this country, so we can continue to contribute to its sustainable development and to create shared value for our South African stakeholders,” he said.
EGP RSA already has more than 520 MW in wind and solar plants in operation in South Africa. Its solar plants are Upington (10 MW) and Adams (82.5 MW) in the Northern Cape, Pulida (82.5 MW) in the Free State, Tom Burke (66 MW) in Limpopo, and Paleishuewel (82.5 MW) in the Western Cape. Its wind farms include Nojoli (88 MW) and Gibson Bay (111 MW), both in the Eastern Cape.