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Enel begins operations at 111MW wind farm in South Africa

Published 04 May 2017

Enel Green Power RSA has started commercial operations at the 111MW Gibson Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Situated in Kouga Municipality, the project is capable of generating around 420 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power 131,000 South African households.

The wind farm will reduce about 383,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Power produced from the wind farm will be supplied to the South African utility Eskom under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) and as a part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender promoted by the South African government.

The Gibson Bay wind farm consists of 37 of Nordex’s N117/3000 turbines. Each of the turbines produces about 3MW of electricity and the turbines have a rotor diameter of 116.8 or 117m. For the project the Italian energy company has invested around $206m.

EGP South Africa country manager William Price said: “Gibson Bay is the second wind farm we have brought to life in South Africa, our first being Nojoli, further demonstrating our commitment to a low-carbon energy future.

“Taking the lead in renewable energy gives South Africa the opportunity to become a key global player in this growing industry, while investment in renewables provides good job opportunities and has brought new skills into the country. We are proud to offer a strong renewable energy generation base.” 

Enel now has over 520MW of wind and solar plants in operation in South Africa. EGP RSA operates the 88MW Nojoli wind farm in the Eastern Cape province as well as several PV plants in the country.


Image: Enel start operating 111MW wind farm in South Africa. Photo: Courtesy of Jim Frech/FreeImages.com