West Coast One wind power farm in South Africa reaches commercial operation
West Coast One, the 94MW wind project located 130 km north of Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), owned by ENGIE, together with partners Investec and Kagiso Tiso Holdings, has reached commercial operation.
The consortium was selected as preferred bidder for this project in May 2012 and signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom Holdings, the Republic’s state-owned utility, in May 2013. Construction of the wind farm, which consists of forty-seven 2 MW turbines, started in mid-2013.
Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of ENGIE said: “South Africa is an important market for ENGIE and we are a committed long-term investor in the African continent. The West Coast One wind farm supports South Africa’s objective of increasing renewable generation and promoting local economic development. This project demonstrates ENGIE’s ability to deliver important renewable projects and underlines our commitment to developing sustainable sources of energy.”
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